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Nata Ragini Page from an illustrated Ragamala series India (southern Rajasthan or northern Deccan), ca. 1675 Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Overall: 12 3/8 x 8 7/8in. (31.4 x 22.5cm) Brooklyn Museum. Anonymous gift, 84.201.5

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

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  • action
  • action packed
  • argument
  • battle
  • battlescene
  • bright
  • cavalry
  • charge
  • colorful
  • combat
  • conflict
  • conquer
  • dangerous
  • death
  • defend
  • drama boy
  • dramatic
  • dynamic
  • epic
  • exciting
  • field
  • fight
  • fight!
  • fighting
  • forwards!
  • glory
  • gold
  • good
  • horror
  • horse
  • horse and rider
  • illustration
  • india
  • intense
  • knight
  • male
  • martial
  • masochism
  • men!
  • narrative
  • nata
  • ochre
  • pahari
  • perspective
  • pink
  • power
  • primary
  • quickly
  • rajasthani
  • rajput
  • rescue
  • rich
  • saffron
  • shame
  • struggle
  • sunny
  • sword
  • texture
  • vibrant
  • victory
  • violence
  • violent
  • violento
  • war
  • warrior
  • warriors
  • wonder
  • yello
  • yellow

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

  • aaargh!
  • action
  • action, violent
  • active
  • aggressive
  • agression
  • agressive
  • anger
  • angry
  • attack
  • battle
  • battle scene 
  • bellicose
  • bloodlust
  • boyish
  • braveness
  • bright
  • charge
  • charge!
  • charged
  • colorful
  • combat
  • conflict
  • confrontation
  • conqueor
  • dark
  • death
  • defense
  • defiant
  • dynamic
  • emotionally charged
  • epic
  • evocative
  • exciting
  • fear
  • feisty
  • fight
  • fighting
  • fights
  • focus
  • folklore 
  • gruesome
  • heated 
  • heroic
  • hierarchy
  • illustrative
  • intense
  • killing
  • legend history
  • lively
  • m
  • martial
  • murder
  • narrative
  • noble
  • ok
  • ouch!
  • power
  • pride
  • revenge
  • royal fight
  • skirmish
  • slay
  • sport
  • stern
  • strong against weak
  • turkish
  • valour
  • vengeful
  • vibrant
  • victory
  • viiolent
  • violence
  • violent
  • volatile
  • war
  • warfare
  • warring
  • warriors
  • yellow

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • gold
  • mauve
  • mustard
  • orange
  • pink
  • red
  • saffron yellow
  • warm colours  yellow, rust
  • yellow
  • yellow gold
  • yelow

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • 4   horse
  • Three.
  • color action
  • four
  • three
  • three men and one horse
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 7
  • 9
  • 10
  • 17

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • Indians doing battle.
  • A colorful fight scene.
  • A battle between a man on horseback and a man on foot; another man has been decapitated.
  • A raging battle is under way.
  • Incredible scenery -- detail -- focuses eye away from what is actually happening.
  • A battle between 3 men, one on a horse, the other not, and one on the ground looking injured.
  • A man on horseback leaps over the headless body of another man to attack a third.
  • Get ready to be decapitated.
  • Battle scene
  • A man on foot is charging a man on a horse below is a decapitated warrior.
  • Run, you fool, he's on a horse!
  • Three men battle to the death in the wilderness.
  • Painted of a battle
  • In a battle scene, a guy in leopard skin jumps over a beheaded man.
  • Spectacular Mewari style color blocking meets a rather uniform tribute to Persian rocks. The Hybridity of styles, composition, and colors of this image attract me.
  • There are two men about to attack each other while another sits disfigured and beheaded below.
  • Two men fight after a third man has been killed by a stream.
  • Opposing groups battle in the foothills
  • An Asian cavalryman clashes with an infantryman near one of their fallen comrades.
  • Armed warfare scene.
  • Narrative scene of three men battling (one dead).
  • A mounted warrior carrying bow and arrows attacks, with a sword, an advancing footman carrying sword and shield while a bloodied prone man looks on.
  • Two assailants race towards one another, trampling another beheaded attacker in their midst.
  • Two men fight over the beheading over an important fellow.
  • Attack!
  • Warriors by the river
  • Rajputs in battle
  • Fighting on foot and on horseback.
  • Avenging the death of the king
  • Two men in battle in a landscape
  • The Prince vanquishes his enemy.
  • A battle scene wit rich and poor.
  • Another war scene.
  • A powerful soldier/prince battles rebellious peasants in an exotic pasture.
  • It's on!
  • In this battle scene on an island with waves crashing about, a man on a white horse on the right is swinging his extended sword toward an infantry man on the left who is fighting back with his sword and extended shield while a man lies on the ground in the foreground.
  • Battle.
  • Avenging a death in landscape
  • This depicts a violent clash.
  • Wa rby a river.
  • A vain run to the rescue.
  • Fiery battle of a hero ousting a rogue king
  • More battle: one down, one to go.
  • Some kind of an invasion
  • Attack
  • Both sides fight in clarity.
  • This is a battle scene.
  • Fighting
  • Fighting with swords, one man wounded
  • More fighting.
  • Colorful depiction of an attack on two men by horse rider.
  • The attack
  • Feudal
  • Battle with three men.
  • Battle
  • Battle scene by the side of a river
  • The fields in the background are ablaze while two men fight with swords in the foreground.
  • Upon hillside, man atop horse engages in sword combat with a man on foot as victim lies at their feet, head severed from body.
  • SEEMS LIKE I'VE SEEN THIS TOO MANY TIMES.
  • Typical war scene.
  • Two men go to battle with a third apparently slain below them.
  • Mounted warrior with sword attacks a soldier running toward him holding a club; a beheaded warrior lies on the ground, next to a running stream
  • Batt;e
  • Lively, dynamic, strong.
  • A battle scene.
  • A lot of action.
  • An uprising
  • A bloody feud is happening as one man is charging at full force towards a man on horseback, after mercilessly decapitating the man who stood in his way.
  • Battle scene
  • Riotous!
  • The Horse Mechanic
  • Fighting men
  • Attack through the seasons.
  • Noble fighting battle against brigands
  • Fight
  • A guy with a sword fighting a guy with a horse and a sword over the decapitated body of a third guy.
  • A fight scene between a royal & villians
  • The magnificence of war
  • Dramatic
  • A hunter has come across two men on foot who don't seem to appreciate the visitor.
  • It i a battle with sword play at the edge of a river. One person seems wounded.
  • A prince beating up a peasant, with someone coming to the rescue
  • Fight over protection
  • A mounted warrior tramples an enemy while an opponent attacks him with shield and sword.
  • A mounted warrior smote a footsoldier and prepares to strike another.
  • Z
  • A battle between cavalry and infantry on the sand.
  • Exciting
  • Ouch that stung
  • A heated conflict in a spring meadow.
  • A war-scene in which two men seem to be fighting against a better equipped man on a horse.
  • Chaotic hand-to-hand .engagement depicted between antagonists
  • A stylized fight in the woods
  • An unequal battle orchestrated by underlying demons
  • This is a historical scene.
  • Tyranny
  • War scene
  • Two people head towards each other in a battle and one guy is toast.
  • It's a battle.
  • Pink Hills - golden sand
  • Indian yellow! Pink mountains look like carnivorous plants!! Battle scene.
  • Two men dueling, one on a horse, another man is dead on the ground, in a desert or on a beach.
  • Warrior riding a sneezing horse
  • The figure on foot and the figure on horseback are in the midst of fighting, while the figure in the foreground has fallen, wounded.
  • A battle in a imaginary land.
  • Graphic and strong colors
  • Culmination in a movie scene involving a great battle
  • It a scene from war
  • Action
  • Dude brought a shield to a horse fight.
  • Three Indian men, one on horseback, are fighting near a river with a bright yellow background.
  • Battle for life
  • HORSEMAN DECAPITATING ONE PERSON AND FIGHTING ANOTHER WITH SWORDS
  • A battle scene between a horseman and an infantryman.
  • This is a battle.
  • A fight between two men, one on a horse (he'll probably win) while a third man appears to have fallen down though may have been tramped by the horse.
  • Battle , victory
  • Battlefield in a flat, yellow landscape, one of the three fighters is decapitated.
  • A fight between 3 men.
  • Battle scene of man on horseback with a soldier on foot stomping another man lying on the ground. Elaborately decorative trees and water? around the scene.
  • A soldier is about to take on a calvalry officer after he has overtaken a foot soldier.
  • A very small battle scene.
  • Looks painful
  • History painting
  • His faithful retainer dead on the ground, the Prince raised his sword to smite the brigand responsible.
  • Drama
  • Battle scene
  • A lively battle between people of unequal status, and the outcome is not to be presumed.
  • Men are battling in the countryside.
  • It is a battle to the death.
  • War
  • Battle scene in wild landscape (Deccan style?) - horse and mounted man wear Mughal style plummage as a man is trampled underfoot.
  • Friendly fight
  • Prince from nearby town tries to take over this town, but this town's prince will placate him because he is on a horse.
  • Three brothers battle as the waves encroach on their squabble.
  • Two gentlemen engaged in battle
  • A fight on and off horseback.
  • Man on horse fights man on ground near beheaded victim.
  • A two-one fight is unfairly fought - perhaps the horseman is fighting brigands.
  • A war secene with brillant colors.
  • The art of keeping the horse between you and the ground.
  • WHat's this battle about?
  • Men will be men.
  • This is a battle scene between two swordsmen -- one on horseback, the other on foot -- in a field of yellow grass or dirt.
  • Gory battle.
  • A fighting scene with three strugglers.
  • Gladiators, Indian style.
  • Men fighting and the man on the horse is important and he is going to win the battle.
  • Bright and lively.
  • A wealthy man on a horse is about to have a sword fight with another man on foot, while a third man, apparently already beaten, looks on from the ground and a flood(?) encroaches from the top and bottom.

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