aLotus roundel from a cave, Salsette
Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Wash on buff paper drawing of a lotus roundel from a cave at Salsette, by Thomas and William Daniell, dated 1793. Inscribed on front in water-colour: 'On the ceiling of a Cave, formerly a Temple of the Hindoos, at Ambolih, on the Island of Salset near Bombay'; also notes.
Having spent almost seven years travelling in North and South India, the Daniells decided to explore Western India before returning to England in 1794. With the artist James Wales as their guide they visited the great Shiva temple at Elephanta, the Buddhist caves of Kanheri and other small caves on Salsette Island, which at that time was separated from Bombay by numerous inlets of the sea. This drawing depict a lotus roundel with a flying figure carved in the middle from the ceiling of a cave temple.