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'Relic Series. Plate.13. No.7. Sthupa at Satdhara.'

'Relic Series. Plate.13. No.7. Sthupa at Satdhara.'

Artist: Maisey, Frederick Charles (1825-1892)

Medium: Pencil and ink on paper

Date: 1850

Shelfmark: WD546

Item number: 4b

Length: 25.2

Width: 30.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

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Pen and ink and wash drawing by Frederick Charles Maisey of the stupa No. 7 and relics from 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 1854, Alexander Cunningham described the Tope No. 7, "The diameter of the hemisphere is 24 feet; the terrace is 2 feet broad; and the whole height at present is 9 feet. A shaft was sunk down to the centre to a depth of 4 feet, when a large irregular-shaped slab...was reached. On this being raised we saw a chamber...In the chamber there were...earthenware pots, or covers, shaped like beehives...On raising the larger cover...we saw a cylindrical red earthenware box...closed by a domed lid...I believe it was an almsdish of the holy man whose relics were here enshrined...On raising the smaller cover...we found a similar red earthenware box, containing two small caskets, one of steatite and the other of red earthenware, both without inscriptions."

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