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Mahasura Attacks the Devi Page from an illustrated manuscript of the Devi Mahatmya Northern India (Punjab Hills, Guler), ca. 1770-1780 Opaque watercolor on paper Overall: 7 7/8 x 11 5/8 in. (20.0 x 29.5 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Poster, 85.220.2

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

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  • action
  • active
  • allegory
  • animal
  • animals
  • arms!
  • attack
  • babies
  • battle
  • bizarre
  • blah
  • bloodshed
  • boars
  • busy
  • can't see the details
  • caos
  • car
  • catchup
  • chaos
  • chariot
  • circus
  • cloudy
  • color
  • colorful
  • complicated
  • crazy
  • defeat
  • demons
  • dots
  • dry
  • dynamic
  • elephant
  • elephants
  • excitement
  • expansion
  • fables
  • fear
  • fight
  • fighting babies
  • fleshy
  • folklore 
  • goddess
  • gods fighting people
  • history
  • huh
  • hunting
  • hurt
  • is this movement?
  • kurukshetra
  • leg
  • lust
  • magical
  • mahabharata
  • mythical
  • mythology
  • odd
  • pale
  • pig
  • pink
  • primative
  • race
  • rainbow
  • ramayana
  • red
  • religious
  • running
  • saint george
  • skin
  • small
  • story
  • struggle
  • tribal
  • unfinished
  • unsophisticated
  • unusual
  • vigorous
  • violence
  • violent
  • wa
  • war
  • warfare
  • warmonger
  • warriors
  • washed out
  • watercolor
  • weird
  • werewolves
  • what?
  • yellow

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

  • action
  • active
  • active fighting
  • aggressive
  • agressive
  • angry
  • animalious
  • animals
  • attack
  • balance
  • battle
  • battle scene
  • bouncy
  • busy
  • cartoon
  • cartoonish
  • changes
  • chaos
  • chaotic
  • circle
  • clash
  • cluttered
  • collision
  • comical
  • conflict
  • confrontational
  • confusing
  • dangerous
  • demon and god fight
  • demonic 
  • dominating
  • don't mess with the boar men
  • durga
  • energetic
  • energy
  • epic
  • fast
  • fight
  • fighting
  • flowy
  • folklore
  • frenetic
  • ganesh
  • goofy violence
  • hard to see
  • hard to understand
  • heated
  • heroic
  • historical
  • hunt
  • hunting
  • indish
  • intense
  • interesting and dramatic in composition...
  • intricate
  • intriguing 
  • ironic
  • light
  • martial
  • metaphor
  • myth action
  • mythological battle
  • mythology
  • neither here nor there
  • nightmare
  • onslaught
  • power
  • puzzling
  • rebellion
  • religious war scene
  • rowdy
  • rudimentary
  • rush of activity 
  • simple
  • story
  • surprisingly dispassionate
  • surreal
  • the gods intervene
  • unsettling
  • vicious
  • violent
  • war
  • warfare
  • wariorrs
  • warlike
  • warrior
  • weird
  • wtf
  • yellow

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • beige
  • biege
  • black
  • brown
  • cream
  • gold
  • goldy yellow
  • gray
  • grey
  • light yellow
  • mustard
  • off white
  • orange
  • orange is the action color
  • orange red
  • oranges
  • pale yellow
  • pink
  • pink purplish
  • purple
  • red
  • red orange
  • safran
  • sand
  • seashell
  • tan
  • white
  • yellow
  • yellow gold
  • yellow orange
  • yellowish tone

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • 13? Hard to say.
  • 8 people
  • eight figures. some human some mythological
  • many
  • nine
  • nine plus 2 horses
  • struggle conflict
  • ten
  • twelve
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 20
  • 25
  • 26
  • 30
  • 125

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • A war scene...worlds colliding.
  • Battle, race
  • There is a battle and the hog people appear to be winning despite the multi-armed secret weapon strapped to the back of a giant cat
  • The hunt
  • Gods and demons are locked in combat against a yellow ground.
  • Battle scene between humans and creatures.
  • Battle
  • A group of men and a multi armed, multi weapon yielding man, or god, riding a tiger battle a group of cynocephalecs.
  • Gods and creatures fighting
  • War
  • Durga on her lion charges forth in a scene possibly associated with the Devi Mahatmya or some other local devotional text - the palate looks a bit odd to me, and I cannot really place the image other than to suggest that maybe it is Rajput (somewhere in Mewar) circa 17th century.
  • A battle scene with humans and animal-human creatures.
  • War
  • War
  • Durga in battle
  • Elephants battle the humans.
  • War
  • Battle of the plains, taking land from the beasts who are far better equipped adversary.
  • Pig-men and humans are fighting a battle.
  • Brave warriors try to repel the evil demon gods sent forth from a foreign land.
  • A war scene.
  • Fight
  • A battle between mythological creatures
  • Pink animals in a battle scene, shooting arrows at a being on tigerback.
  • This is a photo of war, perhaps between animals and humans.
  • Great battle of god versus demons, the lines converging on the central action.
  • Looks like a war among gods.
  • Enemy as beast
  • Gods at war
  • A battle between amany headed god on some kind of powerful animal against animal/men.
  • This is a painting of a battles scene.
  • The god, ___, is seen here assisting the local population in a battle against demons depicted as beasts.
  • A battle scene of multi layer complexity, the action and emotions are strong and coloration modern.
  • Warfare!
  • Battle scene but I can't see it well enough to know what's happening or who's winning. Or if it comes from the Ramayna or Mahabbarata
  • Dueling in chariots was expressly forbidden in marshland areas, but Gupta and Sanjay did it anyway.
  • A symbolic battle scene; lack of perspective in this genre.
  • A battle with very intriguing characters
  • Dali
  • Strange animals war scene
  • It's a battle scene
  • An apparent hunting or fight scene, this features people shooting arrows and an elephant (?) on horseback.
  • Race, contest, or battle.
  • I see a fantastical battle scene.
  • Battle scene
  • War of the gods - interesting flat perspective
  • Battle between men and beasts.
  • A battle between mortals and gods.
  • A battle between demigods and lesser beings
  • A battle scene with a many-armed warrior against demons with animal heads.
  • Dynamic
  • Battle scene, where mythical animal-headed creatures attack another mythical creature who is assisted by five humans.
  • This battle seen shows men battling foes with animal heads.
  • It's a battle scene.
  • Warriors at battle
  • It seem to be a war scene.
  • Men are fighting against demons of some sort, disadvantaged by their mortality and small size next to the ruthless beasts.
  • New episode of "Star Wars ".
  • Battle scene
  • A battle takes place between humans and animal-headed creatures.
  • A race, or a fight, with individuals charging towards each other.
  • Gods and war.
  • The war of culture
  • A general war scene depicted by mythical animals.
  • Jggh
  • Men with monster-heads fighting a tiger.
  • A primal battle.
  • I do not like the idea of killing
  • Animals and people at war with each other
  • Flowing
  • Pahari Durga battling Rakshasa/Asura.
  • There is a battle going on.
  • A battle takes place between men and animal-like figures or gods.
  • BATTLE SCENE
  • Battle against pink monkey people
  • Fighting between 2 groups
  • Battle of the animal people
  • A war scene
  • War between the good and the evil.
  • A war
  • A day at the battlefield
  • Battle
  • War
  • A man with many arms on the back of a tiger is attacked by a boar headed god in a rainbow chariot.
  • Hunters again
  • Mythical battle scene
  • This is a war scene with the participation of large animals; it is ironic in the use of colour on an event that is not very 'bright'.
  • Three pig-like warriors are fighting against an elephant-masked man riding a tiger.
  • This is a battle between people and some kind of animal like being
  • Battle with weird figures
  • Pigs trying to kill a lion with bows
  • Light colors
  • Battelfeild and war but no death of yet
  • A surreal battle between what appears to be gods and earth people
  • Very interesting
  • Battle with the dark forces
  • Battle scene with men, deities and demons
  • Battle scene with mythical dog-faced people
  • A depiction of a battle between humans and nonhumans.
  • Warriors will kill the turkey.
  • Evil ram monsters are defeating the helpless masses
  • Interesting
  • Unfair fight
  • War scene
  • War is a bunch of chaos.
  • This is a vigorous battle scene with anthropomorphic figures.
  • Complete chaos ensued.
  • Scene from ramayana
  • A war between man and spirits is being depicted. Spirits are portrayed as beasts and man is aided by a many-armed god that may be Durga.
  • The god warriors battle for control of this seasons crops.
  • A battle
  • Boar-man beasts battle human warriors and a lion.
  • Battle scene.
  • There is a war going on or people are hunting
  • Deities in battle.
  • A battle between the established warriors and the people.
  • A battle between two different groups.
  • Two sides battling with one side attacking on chariot and the other led by a many armed fighter on a tiger.
  • Good battles with less good.
  • Battle scene between elephant god and other gods.
  • This is an active battle scene between half boar-half human creatures and humans.
  • Battle scene, somewhat flat
  • A battle scene between men and beast-men, with animal drawn chariots and simple weaponry
  • An allegorical battle scene from perhaps the Bhagavad Gita.
  • A war against monster animals and humans.

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