'Ekvera'. Coloured aquatint by Thomas Daniell after James Wales. Plate 8 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 interior 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 interior of 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 interior of the great hall is divided into three aisles by two rows of octagonal columns with richly carved capitals with kneeling elephants ridden by embracing couples. The vaulted ceiling over the central nave has rock-cut ribs. At the end of the apse there is a monolithic stupa, the main object of veneration of the cave, surrounded by plain pillars.