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Architectural model

Architectural model

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (probably, made)

  • Date:

    mid 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cork on a wooden base

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is an architectural model of the Temple of Concord, in Agrigento, Sicily.

The softness of cork lends itself to being easily worked in minute detail as in this model of a temple shown in a ruinous state. It is one of five cork models of classical temples that were on display in the early years of the South Kensington Museum, now the V&A. It shows the inner 'cella' walls as they were during the later Christian use of the building from the 6th century AD.

Place of Origin

Italy (probably, made)


mid 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cork on a wooden base

Descriptive line

Architecture model, cork and moss on a wooden base, of the Temple of Concord, Agrigento, Sicily, probably Italian, mid 19th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Leslie, Fiona. 'Inside Outside: Changing Attitudes towards Architectural Models in the Museum at South Kensington'. In: Architectural History, 47, 2004, pp. 159-200
V&A magazine, Sept. - Dec 2002, p. 11.


Cork; Wood


Architecture; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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