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Portrait of Abu'l Hasan, the Last Sultan of Golconda Ascribed to Minuchihr India (Deccan, Golconda), late 17th-early 18th century Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Overall: 11 3/4 x 7 5/8 in. (29.8 x 19.4 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.227.50

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

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  •   soldier
  • alone
  • aura
  • austere
  • beard
  • belly
  • blah
  • boring
  • calming
  • chalk
  • contemplative
  • cream
  • crisp
  • culture
  • danger
  • dressed to kill
  • empty
  • faded
  • fat
  • fighter
  • glory
  • glow
  • godly
  • grand
  • halo
  • head of household 
  • holiness
  • holy
  • holy portrait
  • holyman portrait?
  • honor
  • honorific
  • idealized portrait
  • important
  • informative
  • interesting
  • isolated
  • japanese
  • kahn
  • king
  • large
  • look
  • male centric
  • malevich
  • man
  • military
  • moghul 
  • money
  • mughal
  • noble
  • official
  • pale
  • parchment
  • plain
  • poise
  • pope
  • portrait
  • presuntuoso
  • priest
  • prophet
  • proud
  • radiant
  • regal
  • relaxed
  • religious
  • rigid
  • royalty
  • sabre
  • saint
  • scabbard
  • self conscious
  • serene
  • serious
  • sheeth
  • sikh
  • simple
  • soilder
  • soldier
  • solemn
  • sparse
  • stately
  • static
  • steady
  • stoic
  • sultan
  • sword
  • swords men
  • symbollic
  • thought
  • thoughts
  • tone
  • tones
  • traditional
  • war
  • warrior
  • wealth
  • white

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

  • alone
  • angelic
  • apprehensive
  • austere
  • authoritative
  • boring
  • calm
  • calm, light, ethereal
  • clean
  • confident
  • contemplative
  • controlled
  • courtly
  • cut
  • darks and lights
  • descripitve
  • determined
  • dignified
  • elegant
  • enlightened
  • ethereal
  • faded
  • faith
  • father
  • fattie
  • flat
  • formal
  • genteel 
  • glorified
  • hahahahahaha
  • hero
  • heroic
  • hierophant
  • historic
  • holy
  • holy killer!
  • honorific
  • idealized
  • independent
  • inspirational
  • interesting
  • man
  • man posing with sword
  • martyrdom
  • mission
  • ninja
  • ninza
  • noble
  • obscured
  • official
  • ordinary
  • peaceful
  • pensive
  • perfunctory
  • plain
  • portrait
  • portraiture
  • potent
  • power
  • powerful, thoughful 
  • prophet
  • proud
  • quiet
  • raj
  • reflective
  • regal
  • righteous
  • rigid
  • royal
  • royalty
  • ruler
  • sad
  • saintly
  • self absorbed
  • serinity before war
  • serious
  • simple
  • soldier
  • solemn
  • somber
  • spiritual
  • stately
  • stiff
  • stoic
  • strong
  • turkish
  • vigilance
  • warrior
  • wealth
  • whistler

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • beige
  • black
  • brown
  • cream
  • creme
  • creme taupe
  • eggshell white
  • gray
  • green
  • grey
  • grey cream
  • grey green
  • ivory
  • khaki
  • light green
  • lt blue
  • off white
  • pale
  • pale parchment color 
  • palegreen
  • purple
  • red
  • sage green
  • sand
  • sand white
  • tan
  • umber
  • white
  • white beige
  • white or cream
  • whites
  • wite
  • yellow
  • 2

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • 1 figure
  • one
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • A well-known warrior about to go out to battle.
  • A man with a sword.
  • A holy figure looking off in the distance, patiently prepared to fight for his religion.
  • Man with sword and halo
  • Probably a patron saint.
  • This is a portrait
  • Mongol ruler looks benevolently on his territory.
  • A portrait of a ruler or possibly a spiritual figure (looks like there is a halo), possibly done after their death as commemoration.
  • Powerful contemplation.
  • Stately, proud warrior carries sword, wears halo.
  • Image depicting haloed man in profile wearing oranmental garment and sword.
  • A brave holy soldier.
  • Noble man portriat
  • Noble or ruler, portrait
  • A portly Mughal man had his portrait painted in the era of Jehangir.
  • This is a portrait of a warrior or priest.
  • Dignified mughal ruler portrait
  • Portrait of a nobleman with sword.
  • Adding a fake halo to his clothing, Harim hoped to get some groupies.
  • This is an ancient portrait of an Asian warrior in profile.
  • Portrait of an important man of society.
  • An angelic man thinks about his next move.
  • Portrait of a warrior.
  • Enlightened solider
  • A man with a sword
  • Standing portrait of robed leader.
  • Portrait of a blessed man.
  • A man in traditional white dress with a sheathed sword stands before the sun.
  • He looks like a ruler.
  • Calming, but a bit eerie.
  • Fine and elegant, but who is the subject?
  • A more formal portrait of a nobleman with his halo and sword, but for all that not generic and placed in a background so plain the eye is drawn to the intense black beard, the gently curving sword, and the red slippers.
  • This is a very good example of what I have seen to represent Indian paintings. I like the halo, the fine lines and its' serene quality.
  • A holy man
  • A saintly male figure stands ready with his sword.
  • This man appears to be some figure of respect - not sure whether he is royalty, a military or a religious leader.
  • A man looking ahead.
  • A beautiful white on white portrait of a high ranking official in silhouette.
  • Grandfather as he stood before his commander.
  • If I stand right here, it looks like I have a halo!
  • It is simple and interesting
  • A holy man, perhaps a divinity, with a sword
  • To the western eye it comes off almost decorative, but there is both a strength of form and position for the man as rendered in such simple forms, but he has a delicacy of linework more fully defining his clothes and features that says he may be man of character and fairness.
  • White
  • Portrait of a dignitary
  • Man with aristocratic bearing with sword
  • Man getting ready to draw his sword
  • It's a formal portrait of someone.
  • A man of nobility
  • Portrait of Indian gentleman
  • Portrait of a Raj.
  • A man with a rapier looks outward.
  • The raj
  • The Shining
  • Portrait of man with sword.
  • Strength
  • Portrait or type-study of a soldier or Sikh.
  • Warior
  • A nobleman, or warrior, or perhaps a saint with a halo.
  • An important man, perhaps a soldier, in profile.
  • Portrait of young man.
  • Armed holy man.
  • Portrait of an important man
  • A portrait of a man, who appears to be soldier or royalty- not just a general member of the public.
  • A Sikh man with a sword looks into the distance
  • Holy and noble, warrior of God.
  • A Muslim (?) warrior with fez and sword (and a halo) stands to attention in a pale dress with a colourful apron
  • Religious man
  • An indian soldier.
  • Distinguished and almost melodramatic.
  • The meta-levels of a holy swordsman
  • Male figure
  • A regal nobleman.
  • Regal
  • A raja or prince
  • Medium rare but well done
  • Sufi saint?
  • A portrait of a man possibly a ruler figure with a sword, dressed in white
  • A glowing man.
  • A warrior is contemplating something outdoors.
  • Soldier with his sword.
  • A man stands ready.
  • A presumably wise/and or divine warrior looks serenely leftward.
  • A lone figure standing against a similar background but still dominates the scene.
  • A warrior is honored for both wisdom and bravery.
  • Warrior in white stands alone
  • A nawab.
  • White
  • An old Middle Eastern calling card for a soldier-saint.
  • Man in contemplation
  • Holy figure in white (symbol of purity) and wearing sword.
  • Portrait of a holy warrior
  • Serene whiteness and a striking dark beard.
  • Man in white garb with sword, halo, and wonderful belt.
  • Quiet, stationary male dressed in white tradtional costume with red sword, apron, and slippers
  • Posing for posterity
  • It is a portrait of a great man.
  • Portrait of princely fellow
  • A warrior.
  • White Warrior
  • Full length portrait of a man.
  • Portrait of revered man with ceremonial dress?
  • A male figure, perhaps a warrior, looks outside of the frame (the nimbus suggests that he's important).
  • This is a simple depiction of costume.
  • A spiritual man ready to fight for his life.
  • An India gentleman holding a sword.
  • Like it
  • Who do you think you are looking at?
  • Interesting
  • Portrait of an important warrior
  • Wealthy guy
  • A portrait in profile of a relatively young man in fez, with sword and slippers
  • MAN WITH SWORD AND SUN
  • Pure and holy.
  • slightly imaginative
  • A man with a sword.
  • Portrait of man and sword
  • A holy man or prince
  • Portrait of a prince or Maharajah
  • A moment of contemplation.
  • Portrait of a strong & holy man.
  • This is a man in deep thought, thinking of his next crucial move.
  • A noble man
  • A holy man is wearing traditional garb.
  • The Arabian prophet stands at the ready.
  • The righteous and courageous SirPinkSword recalls his heroic and holy deeds.
  • Saint looking out for his proteges
  • The sullen warrior heads to battle.
  • Portrait of a soldier
  • A large man with a halo stands with a sword.
  • A portrait of a heavy set man with a scabbard
  • A wandering man on a focused journey.
  • Holy man prepared to go to battle.
  • Twixt Kings and Subjects their's this mighty odds, Subjects are taught by Men; Kings by the Gods...
  • Man in white with a sword and a halo.
  • A wise warrior-king
  • The personality is spiritual.
  • Important religious figure
  • Calm and serene, color a bit stronger
  • An important man who is very renown and religious
  • A portrait of a wealthy man who may be spiritual but shown for his elegant simplicity
  • Standing full profile portrait of armed bearded man with halo.
  • Strong
  • A muslin man.

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