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Vasaka Sajja Nayika Northern India (Punjab Hills, Mankot), ca. 1690 Opaque watercolor on paper Overall: 6 15/16 x 6 3/4 in. (17.6 x 17.1 cm) Brooklyn Museum Collection, X623.2

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

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  • ancient form of massage    and taboo!
  • angry
  • bed
  • blocks
  • bold
  • bright
  • chore
  • color
  • colorful
  • colourful 
  • concealed
  • confusing
  • corpse
  • cucumber
  • culture
  • custom
  • dancing
  • death
  • doctor
  • domestic
  • dress
  • enigmatic
  • erotic
  • exotic
  • fabric
  • fear
  • feet
  • female
  • feminine
  • feminity
  • ghost
  • grief
  • gurney
  • harem
  • home life
  • hot
  • household
  • huh
  • interesting
  • intrigue
  • intriguing
  • invisible
  • ironing
  • jarring
  • knead
  • labor
  • lame
  • laundry 
  • levitation
  • life
  • magic
  • masage
  • massage
  • massage table
  • masuse 
  • mysterious
  • mystery
  • narration.
  • nest
  • no idea
  • odd
  • orange
  • pain
  • pampering
  • people
  • pink
  • pleasure
  • pretty
  • pumpkin
  • red
  • relax 
  • relaxing
  • ritual
  • rythem
  • scary
  • servitude
  • shiva
  • sleep
  • spa
  • space
  • story
  • strang  want an explanation
  • strange
  • sultry
  • supine
  • tricky
  • udaipur
  • ummm
  • unknown
  • vermillion
  • vibrant
  • warm
  • weird
  • what?
  • woman
  • women
  • women's work
  • work
  • yoga

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

  • ?
  • aggresive
  • agitated
  • anecdote
  • angry
  • animated
  • anticapatory
  • anticipatory
  • attention
  • beautiful
  • bright
  • ceremonial
  • cleaning
  • colorful
  • confusing
  • conspiracy
  • crooked
  • curious
  • daily
  • daily chores
  • daily life
  • dancing
  • dark
  • deceptive
  • decorative
  • distorted
  • domestic
  • dominant
  • domsetic
  • dressing
  • emotional
  • exorcist
  • feminine
  • fire
  • focused
  • harem
  • heal
  • healing
  • hide
  • home
  • intense passion
  • intent
  • interesting
  • intriguing
  • intriguing happening...female duties
  • joy
  • kewl
  • lavish
  • leisure
  • life
  • massage
  • massage under wraps
  • massage?
  • matriarchal
  • message, oh yeah
  • ministrations
  • misogynistic
  • mournful
  • mysterious
  • mystery
  • mystical
  • odd
  • ok
  • orange
  • ordinary
  • overworked
  • pamper
  • passion
  • plot
  • preparation
  • quotidinian
  • rajasthan
  • relax
  • relaxation
  • relaxed
  • relaxing
  • ritual
  • secret massage
  • secretive
  • sensual
  • service
  • servitude
  • sinister
  • slaves
  • solemn
  • spa
  • spying
  • strange
  • stressed
  • tasks
  • tense
  • tiring
  • unhappy
  • unusual
  • vibrant
  • voyeuristic 
  • waiting
  • wake up
  • women
  • women's lives
  • work
  • working
  • working woman
  • zenana

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • brick
  • burnt sienna
  • dark orange
  • mauve
  • none
  • orange
  • orange red
  • pink
  • red
  • red and orange
  • red orange
  • red, orange
  • redish
  • reds
  • rosey orange
  • rust
  • saffron
  • saffron!
  • terra cotta
  • terracotta
  • warms
  • white
  • yellow

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • 4, if there's someone reclining
  • Three.
  • four
  • three
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 43

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • Indian women doing work.
  • Three women, in a domestic scene; one sitting and maybe grinding meal, one standing against a column, one massaging a mysterious hotdog creature under a blanket.
  • Three women in a brightly colored space, one of whom appears to be kneading bread and another who might be giving a massage to someone reclining in a levitating bed.
  • A woman massages a hooded figure while others watch.
  • Mythological scene
  • Hindu women pursuing household chores.
  • Three women in intricate jewelry outside a brightly colored house.
  • There is work to be done.
  • A woman is not happy about making the bed, as another enjoys her misery and a third silly girl is shucking peas.
  • A massage is taking place in some kind of exclusive setting.
  • Women of a house, possibly a harem.
  • Woman making a bed
  • A woman is giving a massage.
  • Odd
  • Massage
  • Girl and her saheli arrange to sneek out of the house while a third lady servant plays music to cover their impending trist.
  • Like the areas of flat color with figures in the foreground. Palette very satisfying.
  • Beautiful composition - seemingly 19th century - set within a palace or mansion; I admit I am somewhat confused about why the bed is mid-air and why the woman (seemingly grinding spices) is floating similarly above the ground.
  • ;jk
  • It looks like a woman is waking her mistress, while two other women wait outside.
  • While one woman sits on the floor, another woman stands at the threshold watching a masseuse work on a covered client.
  • Hard to tell. A female servant(?) is working on a coverlet while two other women perform chores nearby.
  • Someone is getting a massage with two other people in the adjoining space.
  • Massage
  • Giving and receiving of pleasure.
  • Women mourning and preparing a corpse for funeral.
  • The masseuse and the hot dog.
  • A body is being dressed for burial?
  • Three women and a scene of domestic duty.
  • "working" women with levitating table...
  • A figure, completely cloaked, receives a massage from a woman while her female companion looks on from an adjacent room; a third woman weaves.
  • Someone is getting a massage.
  • The cloaked massage
  • Womany about to uncover something different.
  • An anonymous massage
  • Is somebody getting a massage?
  • The Announciation of dinner time
  • Three women, possible servants, tend to their chores.
  • Women are hard at work, doing all kinds of kneading.
  • Getting a massage
  • Dance
  • Servants working in a home.
  • Give me a massage like your sister kneads bread!
  • Providing a gentle massage.
  • Three women at work.
  • Tired of life.
  • A woman is giving someone a massage but the "patient" doesn't want her to know who he/she is.
  • Woman making bed while another woman awaits at the door.
  • Woman's work
  • Woman massaging veiled person on a floating bed.
  • Women preparing for a funeral.
  • Women at work.
  • While on holiday in India, Thing Addams gets a luxury massage
  • Women are congregated; one massages another, who is hidden entirely by cloths.
  • Beauty spa.
  • Woman preparing a bed
  • Operation
  • A cooking scene? A woman is kneading an unseen object covered with a drape. Woman on the right appears to be rolling some dough.
  • The ladies prepare.
  • Massage
  • Women in the household.
  • A complex ritual
  • A woman preparing a bed with her handmaidens..it's floating!
  • The hidden prince
  • The women
  • Under a canop[y, a gorgeous princess tends what might be a body (concealed in swathes of silk) with two female servants nearby, one watching he princess, the other seated crosslegged at some kind of food preparation
  • Three women are performing their household chores.
  • Woman massaging while two others look on.
  • Healing by touch
  • Someone getting a massage while other cutomers are waiting
  • Some kind of domestic chores
  • Bored maids
  • Hmm this might be a death/mourning piece?
  • A portrait of the sensual daily life of an Indian woman....bedroom and kitchen duties!!!
  • Somebody has died and is being prepared for a burial.
  • I am not sure what this is about.
  • A woman and her servants are preparing her bed and room, perhaps for her lover.
  • A grieving family lays out a corpse.
  • One woman is massaging another while attendants stand nearby
  • Massage parlor.
  • A pre-burial ceremony
  • Women
  • Servants doing house work
  • Subterfuge around the bed.
  • I think someone is getting a massage, and some of the odd line angles bother me.
  • A tranquil domestic scene depicting the daily roles of Indian women.
  • Making a bed
  • A woman is having a massage while her servants observe and do work.
  • A female magician and her attendants.
  • Floating masseuse.
  • Lady Gaga
  • Someone massaging another on a levitating table.
  • The world is about cultures within cultures.
  • Preparing
  • I have no idea.
  • Working Ladies
  • Massage
  • Goodness! Intriguing woman--perhaps a healer--over an enshrouded person laying on a stand--which is hovering off the ground! Attendants prepare stuff.
  • Three servant women, one making a bed, one looking inside, one weaving.
  • A woman performs some sort of task within a domestic interior, while another woman in an adjacent space appears to watch her, and a third woman engages in another menial task (perhaps washing something?).
  • A woman massages a robed figure
  • Woman giving massage
  • A woman is making the bed while one woman stands outside watching and another tends to a domestic task, while seated.
  • Different layers, 2 things going on
  • Women's daily lives
  • She is sad
  • Hmm
  • Um... no idea
  • Massage?
  • A domestic scene in which a woman is caring for someone in a bed, another stands nearby, and a third is seated and involved in some task with her hands.
  • Women performing household duties during the day.
  • Cleaning clothes.
  • Massage table with fully-clothed client.
  • Funeral
  • Three woman working in a bedroom
  • Three women in an apparently normal activity, but one of them is making something intriguing with something that seems to be a floating bed.
  • This painting represents and shows some activities of servitude.
  • Secrets
  • Explanatory of daily life yet magical
  • Some one getting amassage
  • This is an interior domestic scene with three women.
  • A ritual
  • A woman being watched by her servants.
  • A male guest is being secretively removed from the female chambers
  • An adjustment is important when you throw your back out doing yoga.
  • A woman massaging a shrouded figure (or preparing for burial?)
  • Massage scene
  • Servanst prepare a room for its mistress
  • Tradition
  • Someone's servant.
  • Someone getting massage.
  • A woman is giving a massage to someone who´s face is covered. another woman is standing outside the scene and leaning to the pole of the building, a third woman is sitting in the yard preparing a mixture her hands dipping into it. it looks like clay.the picture is colourful, mostly red and yellow, sienna and mustard yellow or ocra.
  • Day in the life of a maid?

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