The early Roman temples that survive today, from the ruins at Pompeii to the well-preserved Maison Carrée at Nîmes, in Provence, France, are cultural icons of an ancient Empire. These masterpieces of classical architecture, which once served as cultural backdrops for outdoor rituals, are still magnificent centuries later. Not only do they recall the glorious past of a faded civilization, they are still perfect in form and stately proportion. Once they were intimidating, no doubt, but history lends perspective.

This miniature Garden Temple is based upon several structures from the Forum in ancient Rome. The semicircular arch over the portico is from the Temple of Hadrian at Ephesus. The columns use Ionic rather than Corinthian capitals. The small inner chamber (cella) provides quiet sanctuary behind thick walls of stone. This Garden Temple with its imposing exterior offers an intimate interior of quietude and peace.
Designed as a decorative accessory or to display cherished miniatures. Materials: wood, resin, plastic, acrylic paint.
Dimensions: 15"w x 15"d x 19"h; 1:12 scale. Sold.

See the Garden Temple unfurnished in the March 2007 issue of Dollhouse and Miniature Scene magazine, and in the June 2007 issue of American Miniaturist magazine, and then furnished and decorated by Deb Weissler, featured in Dollhouse Miniatures magazine in August 2007.

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