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Page from an Illustrated Manuscript of the Bhagavata Purana Central India (Malwa), ca. 1610-1650 Opaque watercolor on paper Overall: 9 x 14 in. (22.9 x 35.6 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Walzer, 84.206.1

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

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  • actionpacked
  • active
  • allegory.
  • angles
  • animals
  • apartments
  • artifact
  • ass
  • balance
  • bleu
  • blue
  • box
  • boxes
  • building
  • busy
  • carnival
  • cartoon
  • celebration
  • chambers
  • chaos
  • chaotic
  • childish
  • circus
  • comic book
  • comic strip
  • comics
  • community
  • complicated
  • confusing
  • confusion
  • crazy
  • crooked
  • cycle of life
  • dante
  • demon
  • demons
  • devils
  • discussions
  • dragons
  • earthquake
  • epic
  • episodes
  • forgotten
  • frame
  • frenetic
  • fun
  • good
  • gray blue
  • grid
  • hanuman
  • hectic
  • hells
  • house
  • imps
  • india
  • indian storytail 
  • industry
  • interesting
  • intriguing
  • judgement
  • jumbled
  • labor
  • legend
  • limited
  • madness
  • malwa
  • motion
  • movement
  • narrative
  • nothinh
  • observance
  • off balance
  • offset
  • old
  • party
  • pattern
  • pictoral
  • picture
  • postage
  • postage stamp
  • postage stamps
  • postcard
  • power
  • rakshas
  • ramayana
  • religious
  • royalty
  • silly
  • stamp
  • stamps
  • story
  • story telling
  • storyboard
  • swastika
  • tiny
  • too much picture 
  • topple
  • trade
  • tumultuous
  • underworld
  • units
  • vantage
  • vignettes
  • weird
  • wild
  • windows
  • wonder

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

  • action
  • active
  • adventure
  • afterlife
  • appealing
  • babelesque
  • battle
  • biography
  • blue
  • busy
  • carnival
  • cartoon
  • celebrating
  • celebration
  • cerimony
  • change
  • chaos
  • chaotic
  • chaotic, energized, implosive
  • city
  • cluttered
  • comic
  • communication
  • complex
  • confinement
  • confused
  • confusing and 1 dementional
  • conversation
  • conversations
  • crazy
  • cryptic
  • dancing
  • demonic
  • demons
  • demons on parade
  • depiction
  • difficult
  • dilema
  • disorientation
  • disturbing
  • domesticity
  • egyptian
  • energetic
  • energy
  • everyday
  • family
  • fanciful
  • flat
  • folktale
  • freaky
  • frenetic
  • frenzy
  • fun
  • funky
  • ghools
  • gods
  • grotesque
  • historical
  • history
  • home life
  • instructional
  • interesting
  • intrigue
  • jumbled
  • life
  • lively
  • lots happening
  • madness
  • mechanic 
  • motion
  • movement
  • multiple stories
  • my
  • mystic tales
  • mystical
  • myth
  • mythical
  • mythological
  • mytical storie
  • narrative
  • odd
  • off balance
  • offbeat
  • party
  • picture of activities
  • play
  • playful
  • positive entertaining
  • postage stamp
  • postage stamps
  • production
  • relationship
  • religion
  • religious
  • rememberance
  • ritual
  • rushed
  • siege
  • social commentary
  • society
  • stories
  • story
  • story of a royal family
  • storytelling
  • structured 
  • struggle
  • symbolic
  • tempt
  • theater
  • thought provoking
  • travel
  • unsettling
  • unstable
  • urban
  • various registers with hustling characters 
  • watch out!
  • wild
  • work

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • blue
  • blue and red have equal dominance
  • blue gray
  • blue grey
  • bluegrey
  • bluish grey
  • brown
  • dark grey
  • graphite
  • gray
  • gray blue
  • green
  • grey
  • grey blue
  • greyish blue
  • indigo
  • navy
  • orange
  • orange pink
  • red
  • red orange
  • slate
  • slate blue
  • terra cotta
  • yellow

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • 24-26
  • 26?
  • About 27
  • Lots
  • about 26
  • seventeen
  • story
  • too many
  • twenty five
  • twenty seven
  • twenty six
  • twenty-five
  • twenty-seven
  • twenty-six
  • 12
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • 45

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • Several demons carry a flaming, floating house while humans and mythical beasts in two nearby towers look on, or in some cases mind their own business.
  • There are three sections of order, but the center section is being disturbed by demon creatures.
  • The marriage proposal
  • Decorative. lots of scenes
  • Demons are dancing outside of a house while people play music and chat inside it.
  • Honoring the gods.
  • Several people hold the balance of the life of these individuals
  • I have no idea what this portrays.
  • The dangers of devils.
  • Busy
  • Two towers and mystery in the middle.
  • Multi-scenic narrative unfolds in a non-linear fashion.
  • Various scenes with men, women, and creatures.
  • Demons are wreaking havoc.
  • Very intriguing image of a demon assault on a palace interior which is laid out seemingly on a mandala grid; looks somewhat earlier to me (circa 16th?) but I honestly couldn't place it without closer examination and comparisons.
  • Asdf
  • A complicated scene of many characters, a palace, dancing.
  • It looks like a narrative that tell several parts of one story, with the central scene as the main action.
  • Community, vices and pleasures.
  • Comic-strip-like narrative of mythological characters.
  • A sequence of narratives that include demons beseiging a city
  • Again, maybe an illustration of a story or myth - don't really know what's going on.
  • Dance war
  • Narrative involving devil like figures
  • A view of housing and rooms around a central square.
  • A household and its members are portrayed as beset by the gods and demons that influence their daily activities.
  • A bunch of devils carry a house, observed by strange beings
  • Life
  • Artwork depicting Indian mythological characters
  • Masked human figures or other creatures cause havoc around a room where human figures take tea.
  • Fun but what is the story?
  • I can't see it well enough to tell what's happening, but it involves demons!
  • It looks like blue demons are attacking people
  • Everyone has a tea party, and some want in on the action
  • Grid of scenes from a theatrical presentation
  • Difficult to comprehend the story without description
  • There is a lot going on of which I do not understand anything.
  • This is a story that taking place in a palace with demons.
  • Demons making mischief buffet the lives of humans in a scene that delights me and that I would love to know more about to understand.
  • A bAttle with the gods for the fate of a family
  • Great storytelling, reminds me of Egyptian art.
  • Deities and demons in life
  • Infraworld
  • Daily and spiritual life at play and in contrast among the royals.
  • Dancers, gods and magic people interract in various small scenes.
  • Gods addressing the problems of man.
  • A day in a house of laughter.
  • Scenes from royal life
  • Postage stamps are a rarity and when new ones are released, the people come running from their homes to see.
  • Chaos.
  • It is balanced
  • I'm not sure, but it's very interesting
  • Storytelling
  • Too confusing
  • Comic strip didactic narrative made interestiung by the framing technique of the multilevel houses on either side and the out of kilter window into the world of the story
  • Mythical creatures play out various scenes.
  • This painting contains side panels that seem to tell a story with central figures and scenes portraying undetermined activities.
  • Intimate images of daily life resulting in stamp-like quality.
  • Religion
  • Demons attack and carrying a house.
  • Scenes from various Hindu stories.
  • Demons in the underworld scheme the downfall of two lovers.
  • Hell/judgment scene
  • A tipped square full of seated people is being carried across the way.
  • Earthly delights.
  • This shows a story of something happening over time involving demons.
  • It's reminiscent of a cirque du soliel playing hell in a spinning jumping box with lots going on and characters moving around.
  • Postage stamp
  • Demons affecting lives
  • Protected people
  • Chaos tries to break our happy home.
  • Gods presence
  • Indian life and rituals
  • An assemblage of scenes showing two towers with various people and activities on different floors enclosing an open area in which a group of mythical creatures dance around four portraits of people playing musical instruments or (perhaps) singing
  • There seems to be some storytelling involving musical recitation also- but it also seems to be part of a greated narrative of a fight between two principles
  • Hgfjhg
  • Deities surround a few people.
  • Primitive animal cracker box
  • A manifestation of how the gods influence everyday life
  • Narrative told in dual perspective of the storytellers enclosed in internal space and the audience reacting to the events in extermal, asymmetrical space
  • He multifaceted scenes of an indian moment
  • There are houses with many rooms, including a portable house being transported by devils!
  • There3 are some ceremonies taking place.
  • A variety of people watch a show accompanied by a lone musician.
  • Entertainment on many levels.
  • Crazy times at the theatre.
  • This is filled with curiosity as to what the caricatures represent, mythical in feel.
  • N/a
  • Couple of people and gods stay in peace while real havoc happens outside.
  • Imps carrying the annointed
  • A ritual?
  • Tispy turby
  • A scene of play and worshiping of the gods
  • Asuras are coming to collect a debt.
  • The evil gods are setting fire to a house, while those gods in the side panels are integrated into the daily life of the upper class people
  • Again, detail hard to see - but looks like a story being told
  • Myth depiction
  • A chaotic scene telling a story which i do nt have enough background to interpret
  • Festival.
  • Turmoil
  • Scenes from a palace
  • The town storytellers have arrived to entertain the palace.
  • The irony of life.
  • It looks like filmstrips on each side. The center panel the two people on the bottom are getting scared by some demons.
  • Indian timeline narrative.
  • A house haunted by deamons or ghosts.
  • Really too small, interesting creatures beg for inspection
  • A postage stamp in the middle of a comic strip like scene of people interacting
  • Representing worlds
  • I looking through many windows of peoples lives in different states of mind
  • The depiction of a myth portraying the gods and mortals wrestling with life.
  • This looks hellish, a building is on fire with people in it with strange beings tormenting people
  • Demons at play
  • Love the colors
  • A complex scene with two houses flanking a central group of religious figures support a cube holding two couples.
  • A peak inside the lives of the gods?
  • Thoughtful
  • To me it looks like demons of some sort attacking the people maybe the corrupted while ignoring the inoccent
  • Great detail
  • Bollywood squares
  • Disorienting and unrealistic.
  • People are inside a cube which is being rolled around by gods.
  • Stamp like
  • Busy life in a village
  • Common life
  • Strange compartments - architecture? - of people and gods or demons
  • A multiframed retelling of a myth with which I am not familiar involving characters both human and superhuman
  • BEAST CREATURES DECIDING FATE OF PEOPLE
  • I cannot type
  • The Brady Bunch
  • Lots of indian gods hanging out, some of them are dancing!
  • Complicated, looks like stamps
  • Yo no se
  • Family pics
  • Can't. Too much going on.
  • Four characters in a square are surrounded by devils and two towers where other persons are interacting.
  • ?
  • This is a story panel, illustrating something. By what criteria are we judging these paintings? Just aesthetically? Thats very difficult.
  • Strory
  • A house of cards-divided.
  • Crazy little gods running amock in a town. Bright & lively.
  • Mystical dream creatures and dreamers
  • Many gods are competing and interacting with each other.
  • Demons
  • A legend about a time when humans ans creatures lived together.
  • What's going on?
  • Spiritual dances.
  • A pantheon playground or picnic.
  • Domestic instability within a home as gods tumble the two pairs of upset couples.
  • A page from a scripture.
  • Gods are carrying people somewhere.
  • Misfortune events
  • Devils chasing people surrounded by key scenes from an important persons life
  • Wild animal gods, Hollywood squares!
  • The meaning of historical culture.
  • A family or goods or theaterscene

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