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This painting was chosen
82%
of the time over other paintings.

There might be a slight positive correlation between experience and favorability in this painting; The more a person knows about Indian Paintings, the more likely they are to like this painting! Jump to graph

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Caption: Sohni Swims to Meet her Lover Mahinwal Northern India (Farrukhabad), ca. 1775-1780 Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Overall: 10 5/8 x 15 1/8 in. (27.0 x 38.4 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of Dr. Bertram H. Schaffner, 77.208.2

Label: This painting illustrates a well-known Punjabi folk tale about a forbidden love affair that ended in tragedy. The lovely Sohni fell in love with a young man who lived across the river from her family’s land. She could not swim, so she used a pot to float across the deep river to meet him each night. When Sohni’s disapproving family discovered the affair, her sister-in-law replaced the pot with one made of unbaked clay. It disintegrated, and Sohni drowned.

This painting shows Sohni during one of her successful crossings, with her lover, Mahinwal, waiting for her on the other side and sleeping figures in the foreground. The gloom of night has been created with a dark palette and thin layers of gray paint. Sohni and Mahinwal, however, appear to glow against the dark setting, an effect that highlights their passion and heroism.

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25-34 y.o. women with "some experience" 18-24 y.o. women with "more than a little experience" 45-54 y.o. women with "above average experience" 55-64 y.o. women with "above average experience" 25-34 y.o. men with "no experience"
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There might be a slight positive correlation between experience and favorability in this painting; The more a person knows about Indian Paintings, the more likely they are to like this painting!

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Gender

Women slightly favor this painting.

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* We have low confidence in this metric because relatively few people in this group (less than 50) rated this object.

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