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Figs. 1, 2, 3. 'Varieties of the Model or miniature Sthupas or Chaityas found in the Enclosure of the large Sthupa.'

Figs. 1, 2, 3. 'Varieties of the Model or miniature Sthupas or Chaityas found in the Enclosure of the large Sthupa.'

Artist: Maisey, Frederick Charles (1825-1892)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1850

Shelfmark: WD546

Item number: 12

Length: 33.4

Width: 24.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pen and ink drawing of a variety of miniature stupas found in the enclosure of the Stupa no.1 at Sanchi, by Frederick Charles Maisey, from an album of 60 drawings dated 1847-1854. The drawing is inscribed ''Plate XXX (XXVIII).' On the back: 'Old Plate XLII. New Plate XXX.'

Lieutenant Maisey spent the cold seasons of 1849-50 and 1850-51 at Sanchi to prepare an illustrated Government report of the antiquities of the site. He was joined by Major Alexander Cunningham in 1851. In his 'Sanchi and its remains' of 1892, Maisey wrote, "Within the enclosure, lying about, or ranged against the basement wall, were a number of miniature stone Sthupas, of various sizes and shapes, some with, some without capital... In a purely Buddhist point of view, the multiplication of symbols in a single figure, would represent either the numerous pre-existences of Buddha, or the many events, discourses, or doctrines, in honour of which Sthupas are supposed to have been erected...".

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