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'Relic Series. Plate.8.' Section and plan of No.2 Stupa, Sonari

'Relic Series. Plate.8.' Section and plan of No.2 Stupa, Sonari

Artist: Maisey, Frederick Charles (1825-1892)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1850

Shelfmark: WD546

Item number: 2d

Length: 17.8

Width: 22.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

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Pen and ink and wash drawing by Frederick Charles Maisey of the section and plan of the Stupa No.2 at Sonari, 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 described the relics found in stupa No.2, "The second of the Sonari Topes is situated north by west from the Great Tope at a distance of three hundred and fifteen feet...No.2 Tope is...a solid hemisphere of dry stone...raised on a cylindrical plinth...The terrace is 5 feet 8 inches broad, and 12 feet in height. This is gained by a double flight of steps each 20 feet long...No trace of railings or pinnacles couyld be discovered...A shaft was sunk down the centre of the Tope, which at 7 feet reached the slab forming the lid of the relic-chamber...The chamber itself was 1 1/2 foot in depth, and its bottom, where the relics were deposited, was on the same level as the base of the emisphere."

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