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Details of items from various sites, Sanchi

Details of items from various sites, Sanchi

Artist: Maisey, Frederick Charles (1825-1892)

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1850

Shelfmark: WD3600

Item number: 3600

Length: 33.3

Width: 25.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pen and ink drawing by Charles Frederick Maisey of details of items from various sites, inscribed: 'Plate XL', with notes.

Lieutenant Maisey spent the cold seasons of 1849-50 and 1850-51 at Sanchi to prepare an illustrated Govenment Report of the antiquities of the site. He was joined by Major Alexander Cunningham in 1851. The result of his work was published in 'Sanchi and its remains' of 1892, illustrated by reproductions of his own drawings. In this drawing he depicted sacred Assyrian symbols and details of Hindu gods and said, "I cannot attempt a detailed examination of the numerous points of analogy, between Buddha, the Indian Surya or Mitra, the Graeco-Persian Mithras, and other solar impersonations; whose common prototype was the ring-encircled figures of the supreme deity of Assyria...I have...shown...that much of the representations and attributes of the Indian Budha, correspond, strikingly, with those of very many other deities of an admittedly Mithraic character, and of the highest antiquities."

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