'Relic Series. Plate.6. Sthupa No.1. at Sonari and its details.'
Artist: Maisey, Frederick Charles (1825-1892)
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
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...".