The Ashes of Ravana
Engraver: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
Plate 18 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 cave known as Ravana-ki Khai is single-storeyed excavation dating from the 7th Century and consists of a square columned mandapa and a verandah. The facade has lost several of its piers revealing the large pillared hall behind. The columns of the hall have pot and foliage capitals and rectangular brackets. Figural panels include Shaivite sculptures on the south wall and Vaishnava images on the north wall.