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'Relic Series. Plate.6. Sthupa No.1. at Sonari and its details.'

'Relic Series. Plate.6. Sthupa No.1. at Sonari and its details.'

Artist: Maisey, Frederick Charles (1825-1892)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1850

Shelfmark: WD546

Item number: 2b

Length: 22

Width: 14.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

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Pen and ink and wash drawing by Frederick Charles Maisey of the Stupa no.1 at Sonari and its details, dated 1847-1854.

At Sonari, near Sanchi, there is a group of stupas situated on a hilltop. Stupas are Buddhist mounds often enshrining relics.

In 'The Bhilsa Topes' of 1966, Alexander Cunningham wrote, "The Great Tope at Sonari is situated in the midst of a square court...The Tope itself is a solid hemisphere, 48 feet in diameter, of dry stones, without cement or mud. This is raised above a terrace on a cylindrical plinth...The Tope is nearly perfect...The base of the Tope was surrounded by a Buddhist railing...of which nothing now remains but a few broken pillars...The pillars were ornamented on the outer faces with medallions of full and half lotus flowers...A shaft was sunk down the centre of this Tope...and a large slab was reached, which on being raised disclosed the relic-chamber strewn with fragments of stone boxes...".

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