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Love Scene Central India (Malwa), 1660-1680 Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Overall: 8 x 6 1/8in. (20.3 x 15.6cm) Brooklyn Museum. Anonymous gift, 84.201.3

Some participants were asked to respond to this painting. Here are their responses:

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  • absence
  • alluring
  • beautiful
  • beautiful blue
  • blue
  • bold
  • carnal
  • colorful
  • colours
  • consumate
  • contrast
  • crossection
  • dark
  • decorative
  • elegant
  • erotic
  • eroticism
  • fertility
  • flower
  • forbiden
  • fun
  • horse god
  • intimacy
  • intriguing
  • kama sutra 
  • kamasutra
  • karma sutra
  • lines.
  • love
  • lovemaking
  • lovers
  • lovers again
  • lust
  • lusty
  • naked
  • nice
  • night
  • nightime
  • oh my
  • passion
  • passionate
  • peacock
  • raga
  • relationship
  • risque
  • romance
  • romantic
  • seduction
  • sensual
  • sensuality
  • sex
  • sexing
  • sexual
  • sexy
  • sneak
  • sutra
  • unnecessary
  • why

Enter a word that describes the subject or mood of this painting:

  • amorous
  • ardor
  • blue
  • boring
  • bunga bunga
  • calm
  • copulicious
  • decorative
  • dominant
  • eros
  • erotic
  • eroticism
  • exciting
  • fevered
  • gentle
  • hm...
  • hot
  • intense
  • intimate
  • kama
  • kama sutra
  • kamasutra
  • lotus
  • love
  • lovemaking
  • lovers
  • loving
  • lust
  • lustful
  • lusty
  • luxury
  • malwa
  • naughty 
  • night
  • night time
  • not like
  • oh my god!!!!
  • ohlala
  • on
  • passion
  • passionate
  • peeping
  • privacy
  • private moment
  • raunchy
  • reveling
  • rigid
  • romance
  • romantic
  • saucy
  • secret
  • seduction
  • seductive
  • sensual
  • sensual, fertility
  • sex
  • sex, love
  • sexia;
  • sexual
  • sexy
  • sutra
  • tender
  • tryst

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • black
  • black bacground
  • blue
  • blue blue black
  • blues
  • cerulean
  • dark blue
  • flesh color
  • indigo cobalt blue
  • international klein blue
  • light blue
  • navy
  • navy or black
  • no dominant color
  • red
  • the red orange bed
  • vivid blue and white stripe
  • white

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • 2   peacock
  • About 3
  • Two.
  • four
  • three
  • two
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 8

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • Bound by night.
  • Lovers in the night lie together while sweet music is sung by a beautiful bird
  • A couple at home alone..
  • Sexual encounter at nightime inside a building associated with the elite and associated with the lush blooming flora outside.
  • Sex
  • Sex
  • Sexytime
  • During the night, couple copulates on a red bed inside a building, the peacock and flower symbolize folly and fecundity.
  • A couple make love at night in a palace.
  • Couple having sex.
  • Oooh, sexytime!
  • Sex
  • Man and woman in sexual position in a house
  • A man and woman are making love; a pervert peacock watches.
  • Ruler making love
  • Lovers in the night.
  • Lovemaking at home, with peacock.
  • A couple in bed inside a castle
  • In this scene, there are two figures in a bed in a strange pose, particularly the guy on top.
  • Asdf
  • A night of love, birds, and perfumed air.
  • Couple in erotic pose at night
  • A couple engage in very intimate sex.
  • Two lovers, first encounter.
  • Makin' love at night while the peacock struts his stuff.
  • Lovers at night
  • Couple making love, elegantly framed by architecture of house, flowers and borders, full of detail which is probably symbolic
  • Love making in the house.
  • Love at night
  • Lovers in a pavilion at night.
  • A couple making love.
  • Unexpected!
  • The sensuality is lacking, the colours are very strong,
  • A scene of lovers that feels at once stylized and naturalistic.
  • Love and/or desire blossoming.
  • Sexual, private, sweet
  • A man and woman about to mae love beneath a peacock at night
  • Two lovers having sex.
  • It depicts a pair of lovers inside a home, possibly just married, with a peacock on the roof.
  • Couple making love
  • At night in a structure with a removed third wall and a peacock on the roof, we gaze upon a man making love to a woman on a red divan raised off the floor.
  • A couple makes love in a palace at night.
  • Two naked lovers in the privacy of a bedroom, at night
  • A very rich design of saturated colors, intense, and mysterious, that enhance the passions of the lovemaking of the two figures with the musician humorously playing away on the roof.
  • A couple making love.
  • Making love
  • Two lovers are making love.
  • Love scene in a nighttime palace
  • Romantic theme
  • I see a mana nd a woman engaged in sexual activity.
  • A man and woman having sex with peacock on roof, bold, bright, contrasty.
  • A man and a woman making love in the quiet night and a peacock symbolically standing above their home.
  • Passionate scene, with submissive woman and powerful man.
  • Man and wife in the act of sexual pleasure with the peacock as a symbol of maternity and the overly large flower as a representation of lust.
  • A man and a woman having sex at night
  • The prince and his love lie in the palace at night as the peacock watches on the roof
  • A restrained woman having sex with a man - probably not consensually.
  • The sacred act, night
  • Lovescene in a palace
  • Love
  • A man and a woman practice kama sutra in a palace with a peacock strutting on the roof.
  • An erotic tale: Postion #49, Variation B, from the Kama Sutra
  • A man introducing his wife to intimacy on their wedding night.
  • The giant curvey man tries to make love to his petrified young bride.
  • The first rule of the kamasutra is to believe in no see through walls...
  • An obvious erotic scene, but I'm left wondering if they flower is symbolic of sexuality or if it is just there to be "pretty".
  • Man and woman on their matrimonial bed
  • The (pea)cock rises at midnight
  • Two lovers are embraced in the night, signs of new life surrounding them.
  • Two lovers, sharing an intimate moment in a palace at night.
  • Night of Love.
  • Two lovers enjoy a romantic interlude!
  • A couple has sex in their house.
  • Erotic scene in room open to elements
  • Erotic
  • Colourful, archaic symbollism
  • Couple making love at night
  • Making sweet sweet love
  • Lovers copulating at night.
  • Lovers at night
  • In indian, they have peacocks deliver the babies
  • A couple making love
  • Everything is ornamented so heavily; it commands your attention.
  • Sex
  • A royal (?) couple make love accompanied by the cries of a peacock.
  • Couple having sex at night.
  • A nightime embrace with peacock.
  • Platform sex with peacock
  • Love-making in the heat of the night with the call of the peacock
  • Kamasutra
  • Making love in teh night
  • Its very sexy, but yet is surrounded by everyday life
  • Wrapped in love
  • Intimate moment
  • Happy couple
  • People in a room.
  • Lovers intertwine on a couch.
  • Lovers practicing Kama Sutra.
  • Oh la la
  • An aristocrat seducing a young maiden.
  • Sexual encounter
  • Sex scene. Naked man and woman on a charpoy or pallet in a palace (?) bedroom. Peacock on room. Big flower to the side.
  • Two people having sex with a peacock on the roof.
  • Humenah, humenah!
  • Um...a fun night?
  • Love in the night
  • A night of passion, kama-sutra style.
  • Forbidden love is made for the night. how like the cry of the peacock are my true love's sighs.
  • This is a love scene with serenity and beauty represented by the roosting peacock and blooming flower.
  • Two lovers consummate their relationship.
  • People making love
  • Romantic
  • Romance
  • A couple practicing sex in a frame which shows what happens inside and outside of the house, probably the bird has a simbolic value
  • A sexual encounter where the man is in complete control and of importance.
  • Erotic scene of a wealthy couple in a richly-adorned building, but what does the peacock symbolize?
  • An erotic depiction.
  • sort of like who's afraid of Virginia Woolf
  • A couple having [or about to have] sex
  • Couple engaged in intercourse, elaborate peacock overhead, in a castle. Decorative, flat.
  • The two people, especially the woman, might not be comfortable on that structure.
  • Beautiful colors
  • Two people making love
  • A couple makes love at night while a peacock rests atop the building.
  • People make love at night as the peacock crows.
  • Sex
  • A love scene
  • Lust
  • A couple having sex
  • She is losing virginity to an elder man
  • Romantic evening at home turns into an erotic interlude.
  • Kama sutra.
  • He had longed to speak to her.
  • The lovers.
  • They're having sex.
  • A couple makes love.
  • A couple making love in camera
  • Sex
  • At night, a man and woman copulate on a bed inside an ornate pergola with a peacock on the roof and a large mystical plant outside.
  • A night time scene showing a large flower beside a white building, where we can see the ornately decorated interior with 2 lovers caressing on a bed of red and gold, and a peacock sitting outside on the roof
  • Erotic scene, with lotus and peacock above.
  • I like the color composition and the way is balanced.
  • Let's get it on
  • Two lovers in the night consummating their relationship.
  • Indoor pleasures
  • Sex in a house with flowers and a bird.
  • A man and woman are having sex, in a somewhat unusual side-by-side position, in an elaborately decorated room.

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