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Gautama is Relieved to Find That His Son Chirakarin Has Not Carried Out His Impulsive Order to Execute Ahalya Page from an illustrated manuscript of the Razm-nama Ascribed to the artist Mohan, son of Banwari

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

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  •  market
  • active
  • architecture
  • asia
  • bad reproduction
  • bazaar
  • bending
  • biblical
  • bow
  • bowing
  • business
  • bustling
  • busy
  • calm
  • celebration
  • ceremony
  • city
  • clothes
  • colorful
  • community
  • compelling
  • complex
  • complicated
  • confusing
  • context
  • court
  • courtly
  • courtyard
  • daily life
  • dance
  • detailed
  • dinner
  • domestic
  • domesticity
  • dropped
  • egypt
  • encounter
  • ettiquette
  • faded
  • family
  • feast
  • fellatio
  • festival
  • flat
  • forgive
  • fresco
  • garden
  • golden
  • graceful
  • graffiti
  • green
  • guys
  • haveli
  • hindu
  • history
  • house
  • household
  • humility
  • interesting
  • king
  • kneel
  • knight
  • level
  • levels
  • life
  • lively
  • long
  • manuscript 
  • market
  • marketplace
  • men
  • milk
  • moghul miniature
  • multiple narration
  • narrative
  • obeisance
  • outside
  • pakeeza
  • palace
  • party
  • past
  • people
  • pieman
  • precise
  • process
  • public space
  • respect
  • reverence
  • roles
  • rome
  • scene
  • servants
  • service
  • shops
  • soap
  • storeys
  • stories
  • story
  • story telling
  • street
  • street life
  • street scene
  • town
  • transparent
  • trowel
  • typical
  • vassal
  • village
  • vivid
  • water
  • wedding
  • welcoming
  • worship

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

  • action
  • active
  • activities
  • anticipatory
  • architecture
  • at work
  • atreum
  • banquet
  • boisterous 
  • business
  • bustling
  • busy
  • busyness
  • celebritory
  • ceremonial
  • ceremony
  • city
  • class
  • commerce
  • community
  • complex
  • conflict
  • court
  • court scene
  • crowd
  • crowded
  • daily chores
  • day to day
  • day to day life
  • delicate
  • domestic
  • doorways
  • energetic
  • epic
  • everday transactions
  • everyday
  • family
  • festival
  • festivities
  • gathering
  • gifts
  • greeting
  • greetings
  • guests?
  • hierarchy
  • historical
  • homage, procession 
  • home life
  • hospitality
  • household
  • housekeeping
  • huh?
  • humiliate
  • interesting
  • intrigue
  • intriguing
  • introduction
  • kingship
  • layered
  • leader
  • leaving
  • levels
  • life
  • lifestyle
  • mararket place
  • market
  • marketplace
  • marriage
  • multi layered
  • narrative
  • obesiance
  • occupied
  • open
  • party
  • paternal
  • peaceful
  • people mingling.
  • popular mughal akbarnama?
  • preparation
  • preparations
  • protocol
  • punishment
  • question
  • quotidien
  • respect
  • revealing 
  • reverence 
  • ritualistic
  • routine
  • royal
  • royal family life
  • royal visit?
  • sell
  • serious
  • situations
  • social
  • story
  • tall house
  • town activities
  • upper class life
  • urban
  • veneration
  • very busy
  • village
  • white
  • wondering
  • work

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • beige
  • blue
  • brick red
  • brown
  • brown buff
  • browns
  • buff
  • cream
  • golden yellow
  • green
  • ivory
  • light blue
  • light brown
  • mauve
  • mint green
  • netural
  • none
  • ochre
  • ocre
  • orange
  • orange brown
  • pale
  • parchment
  • pastel shades
  • peach
  • pink
  • red
  • reddish brown
  • reddish mauve
  • safran
  • sage
  • sand
  • tan
  • tanish
  • white
  • whites
  • yellow

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • About 20
  • eighteen
  • many
  • seventeen
  • twenty
  • 8
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 24
  • 25
  • 30
  • 99

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • A busy weekday.
  • Feast, street and ceremony
  • A lord sees his subjects
  • Faint court scene. food
  • People are arriving for a ceremony.
  • The beginning of a banquet for the local ruler.
  • Visitors to the palace
  • Saturday morning market scene.
  • Various people in a town
  • A palatial scene
  • Layered and narrative scene that tells a story
  • Here we see the inner and outside life of a family.
  • People gather with presents before the king
  • People queue to purchase the goods of two merchants.
  • Pale, not sure whats going on
  • Illustration of a story, text on the bottom left.
  • I'm not sure what to make of this; are women being presented to a royal or nobleman, or is it a queue for a brothel, or what?
  • Guests arriving for a formal gathering.
  • Split apart view of a house, horsemen are at the door, inside: many beautiful women.
  • Life
  • Scenes of daily life
  • Busy household scene, with eighteen human figures and at least two animals crowded into two stories.
  • Market day in town, crowd gathers
  • The delivery of a message to the king's court
  • Travelers arriving at inn; getting feet washed.
  • Several scenes from a court
  • It appears to be two parts of the same story, of which the man in the red pants if the main character.
  • Ritual
  • A view of the city
  • This is a wealthy home - being prepared to receive a visitor or the master of the home?
  • Domestic scenes play out in an Indian street populated by women, men and horses.
  • A palace gathering, possibly a wedding, with beautiful transparent finery.
  • Merchants seeking wisdom from city leader or king
  • It is well organized and colorful
  • I like the story-telling aspect of arrival and greeting.
  • Courtesans and visitors
  • Ceremony for age
  • Household preparations for an event.
  • Visitors coming for a dinner in a fancy home.
  • Arrival of a guest
  • A household scene, various classes
  • People of several backgrounds negotiating, bartering, trading as part of larger story?
  • A typical day
  • Street scene.
  • The market
  • A busy day in a household.
  • Before sleeping
  • INSTRUCTIVE
  • Commoners greeting the King
  • Town scene
  • This looks like a town, possibly a religious scene.
  • It looks like a marketplace with lots going on.
  • Market
  • Life as it's playing out
  • Enter into the holy of holies...
  • Daily scene of the goings on of a village
  • This is the reception to a wedding and the two families are joyously meeting each other, the men and women mostly separated.
  • A wealthy home preparing to entertain an important guest.
  • In a busy household, a noble or king, his wives and perhaps a son, are inside the walled compound, and at the doorway a group of visiting men ask for entry.
  • The wealthy and the subordinates.
  • A busy household
  • Vibrant, interesting use of angles and lines
  • The village is preparing for the visit of a distinguished person, with the woman cooking a serving a feast to celebrate his arrival.
  • A lively market scene.
  • Street scene
  • A prince being coronated.
  • Foreign traders interrupt family hopscotch championship
  • Paying respects at the courtyard
  • A distinction is drawn in between the private life of royal women and public life of the men.
  • Marriage preparation?
  • This describes a scene at a market.
  • Visitors arrive.
  • Everyday life
  • Various scenes at the king's quarters.
  • Some sort of ritual, which must require background knowledge to be interesting.
  • The return of the son
  • Visitors arrive
  • Busy times at the rich man's home.
  • Busy city street full of bright colors. And yeah, someone spray painted the wall
  • Normal life
  • Two men are arguing in a busy marketplace.
  • People coming to pay respect to nobility
  • At the bottom of the picture, someone with an entourage, therefore an important person, arrives at the home of a more important person. In the top he bows low before the host.
  • Turkish marketplace
  • Life goes on
  • A market scene.
  • An important quest arrives and is greeted well.
  • Insides of a mughal palace
  • Everyday lifestyle during those times.
  • Daily life in a home.
  • Like a Renaissance Massacio or cartoon with all the different scenes. I am not sure what the scenes are depicting, maybe bowing down to a king who is in the center.
  • Inside the court, a male figure surrounded by numerous women receives some sort of gesture of adulation, while outside, a group of men petition to enter.
  • This scene is possibly a narrative, starting with the arrival of the group of men at the door in the lower half, and finishing with the man being dressed by servants in the upper half.
  • A marriage scene
  • Men gathering
  • Women dressed in european fashion
  • Daily life
  • Several people gather in a courtyard, with one man, whose sword is on the ground, bowing to another, and a group of men and horses pass by.
  • Upstairs Downstairs in an Indian Court.
  • Too many drawings
  • The routine of a city
  • Indian wedding or visit of royals from another county
  • The man at bottom in the orange is calling at a home where various preparations are being made for his arrival. A suitor ?
  • More stuff but vertical
  • Street scenes
  • Courtyard scene
  • Epic story of someone coming to a palace delivering news
  • The sunday marketplace
  • People in the bottom panel are coming to visit the people doing daily activities in the top panel.
  • a real hodgepodge
  • A collage of scenes, perhaps from someone's life?
  • Akbar out about town.
  • A busy street scene.
  • A story
  • This is a picture of a town scene.
  • Multilevel hubbub.
  • People are arriving to a small party.
  • Visitors are lined up to greet the owner/king in the courtyard.
  • Daily life in an Indian household and in the street.
  • Arrival of the prodigal son
  • A village story
  • Some kind of ceremony is happening in the house of someone rich?
  • Daily life in the village.
  • The return of the prodigal soon
  • Things are happening inside and outside a palace
  • Life in a city.
  • A raja prepares to receive lords and visitors.
  • The caste system in India.
  • Preparations for a celebration at home
  • King surrounded by servants who await his commands
  • A trade market tale
  • An event.
  • The picture is light and bright and shows the inside and outside of a building in the upper and lower halves of the composition, with a group of mainly women inside preparing for an event and men and horses arriving outside at the door.
  • Ruler comes to the house of woman..perhaps his wives.
  • A busy interior of a palace with attendants to lady shown together with a scene of visitors of some stature coming to a palace
  • Lively marketplace in small city.
  • Conversations
  • Its ok
  • A village scene of people interacting.
  • Street scene and house scene.

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