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Architectural model - Model of a Sumatran rice barn

Model of a Sumatran rice barn

  • Object:

    Architectural model

  • Place of origin:

    Sumatra (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs E. S. Wilkinson

  • Museum number:

    IS.451F, G, I-1950

  • Gallery location:

    Architecture, Room 128, case 16, shelf 3 []

This group of three models shows a Sumatran temple, a palace and a rice barn. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Europeans living in overseas colonies sometimes acquired souvenir models of local buildings. This set was part of a pioneering collection of south-east Asian metalwork that was acquired by R. J. Wilkinson, a former Deputy Governor of the Straits Settlement.

Physical description

Model of a Sumatran rice barn made of brass.

Place of Origin

Sumatra (made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques



Height: 27 cm, Width: 11.5 cm, Depth: 8.5 cm

Object history note

IS.250 to 451-1950 and IS.1 to 7-1952, came from the collection of Mr. Richard James Wilkinson (1867-1941), who was formerly Deputy Governor of the Straits Settlement (1911 to 1916) and later Governor of Sierra Leone (1916-1922). He had acquired a collection of mostly Malay silverware and goldware, niello work, arms, etc. in Singapore and the Federated Malay States, which on 23 June 1919 was lent to the Indian Section of the V&A with the possibility of later making a bequest. A second loan of Malay brasswork followed on 31 October 1921. A total of 209 pieces were finally bequeathed to the V&A on 26 October 1950 following the death of his widow, Mrs Edith Sinclair Wilkinson.

Descriptive line

Model of a Sumatran rice barn, brass, Sumatra, 19th century




Architecture; Metalwork


South & South East Asia Collection

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