N.E. view of Kailasa
Engraver: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
Plate 14 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.' The complex of the Kailsa with its central monolithic temple represents the climax of the rock-cut phase of Indian architecture. The view is from the rear of the deep pit which had been excavated to carve the temple. The basement of the main temple of the Kailasanath is constituted by a frieze of elephants in high relief almost life-size. The colonnade the right is overhung by the sheer walls of the trench that surrounds the temple.