Engraver: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
Plate 8 of 'Hindoo Excavations in the Mountain of Ellora near Aurangabad,' engraved by Thomas Daniell after the drawings of his deceased friend James Wales, which Daniell regarded as the sixth set of his 'Oriental Scenery.' Indra Sabha is the largest of the Jain series and dates from the 9th Century under Rashtrakuta patronage. The interior of the cave has a columned mandapa or hall with niches on the three sides and the sanctuary in the middle of the back wall. The columns have rectangular shafts with exuberant foliate and garland motifs and cushion capitals typical of the last phase of Ellora architecture. Daniell has misundestood Wales's drawings of the columns.