in Oxford Art Online
P ublished online January 2003 .
Reference Entry. Subjects: Liturgical and Ritual Objects; Architecture; South and Southeast Asian Art; Religious Art; Buddhist Art; East Asian Art. 5461 words.
[Skt stūpa; Pkt thūbha; Pali thūpa; Eng. tope]
Dome-shaped mound, often containing sacred relics. It became the primary cult monument of Buddhist and also Jaina monastic...