'Relic Series. Plate.11. No.1. Sthupa at Satdhara.'
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 Satdhara, dated 1847-1854.
At Satdhara, near Vidisha, 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 Tope No. 1, "The largest of the Topes is now a vast ruinous mound of brickwork that has once been faced with stone like the great Tope at Sanchi, which it almost rival in size. The base of the dome is 101 feet in diameter; but its present height is only 30 feet...The Tope was crowned by a Buddhist railing, of which several pillars still remain lying together upon the terrace...The circular railing which surrounded the top consisted of pillars...there were only two rails...The whole was surmounted by an architrave or coping...The square railing of the pedestal had pillars...ornamented with the usual medallions of full and half lotus flowers."