'Ekvera'. Coloured aquatint by Thomas Daniell after James Wales. Plate 7 of [Antiquities of India], published by T Daniell, London, 1803.
Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
Coloured aquatint by Thomas Daniell after the drawing by James Wales, published by T. Daniell in London in 1803, of the facade of the cave temple of Ekvera (Karli) in Maharashtra.
The artist James Wales visited Karli, once known as 'Ekvera', in December 1792. It was after his death in 1795 that his friend Thomas Daniell published the drawings of the rock-cut temples of Western India that he had done between 1791 and 1795. This aquatint depicts the great cave temple of Karli, at the top of the Western Ghats near Bombay. This chaitya or assembly hall was excavated during the phase of early rock-cut architectural activity in India in the 1st century AD. The facade of the cave has a wide horseshoe-shaped window with ribs. The porch is adorned with very fine carvings depicting mithunas or amorous couples positioned between the three arched doorways. The interior of the apsidal hall is divided into three naves by two rows of octagonal columns. The vault over the central nave has rock-cut ribs.