'Relic Series. Plate.16. Nos 1 and 2 Sthupas at Bhojpur or Pipliya Bijoli.'
Artist: Maisey, Frederick Charles (1825-1892)
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
Pen and ink and wash drawing by Frederick Charles Maisey of the Stupas no.1 and 2 at Bhojpur, from an album of 60 drawings, dated 1847-1854.
At Bhojpur, near Sanchi, there are a group of stupas situated on a low range of hills.
Stupas are Buddhist mounds often enshrining relics.
In 'The Bhilsa Topes' of 1966, Alexander Cunningham wrote, "There is a considerable breach on the south side of this Tope [No.1]; but the hemisphere of dry stones is otherwise nearly perfect, excepting the upper surface, which is wanting in all the topes. A shaft was sunk...without any discovery being made...No.2 Tope, Bhojpur...is one of the most perfect of all the Topes around Bhilsa. The top is, of course, gone, but the double flight of steps to the west is still complete, and traveller may mount the terrace and perambulate the Tope...The base of the hemisphere is 39 feet in diameter...The terrace is reached by a double flight of steps...The whole is built of dry stones, without any cement or mud."