Relic Series. Plate.17. (No.2 Sthupa at Bhojpur)
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.2 at Bhojpur, from an album of 60 drawings, dated 1847-1854.
In 'The Bhilsa Topes' of 1966, Alexander Cunningham wrote, "This is one of the most perfect of all the Topes around Bhilsa. The top is, of course, gone...It stands just 200 feet to the south of the great Tope, and is surrounded by an enclosure...The whole is built of dry stones, without any mortar or mud. A shaft was sunk down the middle, which...reached the relic-chamber...Inside we found a hemispherical cover of red earthenware...beneath which was a red earthenware box...The relic casket is a small crystal Tope, with its terrace, plinth, hemispherical dome, square pedestal, and double chatta pinnacle, all complete...In the red earthenware box there were several small pieces of bone, and a series of seven precious things, usually placed along with the relics of an eminent person."