Antique South Asian decorative panel made from what we believe is dried and compressed tea, then carved. This panel has been mounted in a later wooden surround/frame. Believed to date from the late 19th Century when European countries, especially Britain, began growing and exporting tea from the South Asian colonies such as India and Sri Lanka to avoid importing from China. Tea was a valuable commodity and this would have been a substantial gift at the time. Has some age related cracking and a very minor loss, but in otherwise excellent condition.