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A Maid's Words to Radha Page from an illustrated manuscript of the Rasikapriya Central India (Malwa), 1634 Opaque watercolor on paper Overall: 8 3/8 x 6 5/8 in. (21.3 x 16.8 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.227.51

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

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  •  
  •  words
  • ancient
  • arms
  • baby
  • bland
  • bleak
  • book
  • braid
  • butt
  • caligraphy
  • cat
  • characters
  • clap
  • clap on
  • clay
  • conflict
  • conversation
  • court
  • cryptic
  • damaged
  • deciding
  • doctor
  • domestic
  • dots
  • drab
  • dream
  • elephant
  • familial
  • female
  • funny
  • green
  • ham
  • hand
  • handmaid
  • holly
  • home
  • household
  • housework
  • illustration
  • inspect
  • interesting
  • intriguing
  • jump
  • lame
  • langauge
  • language
  • leaping
  • learn
  • lessons
  • letter
  • life
  • manuscript page
  • market booth
  • meal
  • mewar
  • monkey
  • monkeytrouble
  • mother
  • mothers
  • music
  • muted
  • mythical
  • nothing
  • ok
  • old
  • oriental
  • pensive
  • perfection
  • pet
  • pink
  • plain
  • play
  • ponytail
  • pretty
  • raw, folklore
  • red
  • ritual
  • rituale
  • rooftop
  • same story as the second image?
  • sanskrit
  • schematic
  • script
  • scripture
  • sequence
  • servant
  • serve
  • sisters
  • story
  • storyline
  • stylized
  • table
  • tales
  • teach
  • text
  • totally
  • undeciferable
  • unknown
  • visit
  • woman
  • women
  • writing 

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

  •  b
  •  faded
  • abstract
  • active
  • amateurish
  • ancient 
  • annunciation
  • awkward
  • bad
  • birth
  • bland
  • bright
  • busy
  • cartoon
  • ceremony
  • cloud and monkey
  • common, daily
  • complicated
  • confused
  • confusing
  • contextual
  • courtship
  • craft
  • creation
  • curious
  • cute
  • dance music
  • dances
  • death of a baby
  • descriptive
  • devotional
  • dialog 
  • dinner
  • domestic
  • domesticity
  • dull
  • educate
  • encounter
  • evening
  • everyday domestic scene
  • exotic
  • fable 
  • familiar
  • family
  • female exchange...religous or ordinary?
  • feminine
  • flat
  • flattened
  • friendship
  • giving
  • goddess
  • green
  • happy
  • historical
  • holy
  • home
  • home life
  • humorous
  • illustration
  • illustrative
  • important
  • indish
  • inside outside
  • instruction
  • instructional
  • interesting
  • intimate
  • leisure time
  • lesbi gay?
  • longing
  • m
  • malwa rasikpriya
  • message
  • messenger
  • mischief
  • monkey
  • motherhood
  • mourning
  • mysterious
  • mysterious and intriguing
  • myth
  • mythological
  • narrative
  • no idea
  • offering
  • old
  • pale
  • penitence
  • people
  • play
  • playful 
  • pleading
  • poetess
  • poetic
  • quiet
  • red
  • relaxing
  • ritual
  • routine
  • sacred text
  • scared
  • scroll
  • silly
  • somber
  • sorrow
  • still
  • storied
  • stormy
  • story
  • storytelling
  • talk
  • text
  • textual
  • that crazy cat
  • too many words
  • traditional
  • typographic
  • unusual
  • visit
  • words
  • wordy
  • work

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • balance, red, tan, green tone
  • beige
  • black
  • blue
  • brick red
  • brown
  • coral
  • dirty green
  • earthtone red
  • forest green
  • gold
  • gray
  • gray green
  • grayish blue green
  • green
  • green light
  • greeney
  • grey
  • grey green
  • light brown
  • olive green
  • orange
  • peach red
  • pink
  • red
  • red and ochre tied
  • red pink
  • reds
  • rose
  • rose red
  • salmon
  • teal
  • terracotta
  • umber ?
  • yellow

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • Two.
  • seven
  • three
  • three (can't see clearly)
  • two
  • two gals and a monkeyyy
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • Hard to see on the computer: Women doing household work and a cat.
  • Not sure
  • A playful monkey-like animal beholds two figures chatting outside a humble home.
  • Playful page from a story, with a goddess sitting precariously under a potential monkey poop situation
  • Two women, domestic scene
  • A man and a woman are looking at a monkey climbing on the roof outside their house.
  • Encounter.
  • An illustration to a story involving a man, woman, and monkey - possibly the woman is chasing the monkey, or was led by the monkey to this man.
  • This is a woman with her servant.
  • Monkey getting into trouble.
  • Multi-part image with textual panel above and below central image, containing architectural and interior detail with two figures outside, one standing, one seated.
  • Husband and wife
  • Ramayana?
  • A page from a Sanskrit manuscript depicting two women, one of whom is chasing a monkey.
  • Woman doing some sort of task with handmaid assisting
  • Wish I could read the text
  • The monkey escaped from the woman and is climbing away.
  • This scene, surrounded by text, shows an interior and exterior view, perhaps of a kitchen and two women outside.
  • Illustration of a book, two women and a baby.
  • This illustrated page of a book depicts two figures located outside of a sleeping chamber.
  • Mother instrucing daughter on the changing of a baby.
  • A domnestic scene with two women, one maybe playing a harp, and a cat on the roof scratching a conical object; they're outside a bedroom.
  • Two parents care for a child.
  • Two women complete a task.
  • An attendant consoling a woman in the absence of her beloved
  • People are preparing for something.
  • Meditation scene with inscribed prayers.
  • Two people talking
  • A page from a book depicts two women, one resting, one standing, a monkey looks on.
  • Changing room for a dip into the pool.
  • Domestic science
  • Woman and her maid servant helping her to bathe.
  • Two women outside a house, one possibly a servant standing, the other sitting with something I cannot quite identify on her lap while a monkey climb on the roof - perhaps mischievously -- of the empty building and a black cloud hovers above, the whole telling a story explained in the Indian script above and below the painting, script that is written in an energetic style yet very legible.
  • Unknown, but lovely, text borders and probably describes a scene depicting two people, one apparently giving advice to the other.
  • An apsara seduces a monkey?
  • Two figures next to their home, near a pond; it reminds me of early Christian manuscripts.
  • Two figures trying to capture a monkey in order to put it back in a sack/cage.
  • The visit
  • Request
  • 2 women work outside while a monkey climbs on the roof.
  • A queen and her servant in the chambers
  • The painting would be richer for the viewer if the calligraphy was translated since the lines are more than decorative, they enrich the understanding of the figures and what they are doing.
  • A pair of people and a monkey.
  • Two women - one, perhaps seeking help from the other.
  • A subject paying tribute to a god
  • A funereal scene
  • Woman at home and out in the world.
  • The gossiper
  • A somewhat primitive Indian painting ,possibly of a Goddess visiting a mortal outside a bedroom.
  • Spiritual
  • Two female figures interact or pray outside of a domestic setting.
  • A scene ripe with religious symbolism.
  • Gods at rest while they embroider fabric and protect their creatures.
  • Daily life
  • A lovely princess sings for her intended husband, or consort, as part of foreplay to an evening's entertainment.
  • Servant girl entertaining her lady
  • Two male figures are interacting outside, inside there is a table/
  • I have no clue but there's clearly a story here (a retelling)
  • Is a part a story, women's duties outside of the house
  • Death
  • Ohmmmmmmmmmmmm....
  • There seems to be some kind of exchange going on between the two people, but it isn't clear what that is.
  • Interesting social scene.
  • Getting ready for the party
  • A man proposing to a woman
  • A house or bedroom structure, with two individuals outside, and a pet climbing the roof.
  • A suitor approaches
  • Two people with a monkey on the roof
  • Looks like an illustration relying on the text to fully describe the scene - looks like it might be a parable or folk tale.
  • Text and image with two woman and a monkey
  • Trying to get the monkey off the roof.
  • Ghkjh
  • Words about domestic scene
  • Some sort of female tale
  • The daily life of the housewife prepaing food with a playful monkey watching over the kitchen
  • Page of a book I wish I could read.
  • A lady receives a visitor
  • A seated woman holds a child, while another watches a monkey on the roof.
  • A couple is outside their home with one of their kids sleeping inside.
  • A MAN AND WOMAN TALKING
  • Woman speaking with spouse?
  • Family life and getting the job done
  • Prayer beneath rainclouds
  • Scroll telling a story about a cat stuck on a roof
  • Knitting/ sewing
  • Two women look after a child.
  • Family at home
  • Monkey on the roof.
  • A scene of two figures, though it is unclear if the woman figure is a god or goddess of some kind, outside of a house.
  • Children playing.
  • A woman making an offering to a seated goddess.
  • Woman standing before seated deity.
  • Old
  • Detail not clear enough
  • Lion on roof, baby in bed with people outside
  • A couple near their bedroom
  • A baby is born.
  • Highly stylized figures busy at something. Leaping monkey/cat? Lots of writing--devenegari script?
  • Some sort of ritual before bedtime.
  • I have no idea.
  • Get stuff.
  • The visit
  • Practing for a performance.
  • Story of a child.
  • The monkey watches over as the women work.
  • Women dancing
  • Nice
  • Morning
  • Confusing
  • Drummer and a dancer
  • Confusing
  • Comic like.
  • Two persons doing their routines outside their house
  • I dont know.. hard to understand what's going on
  • Lovers speak
  • A woman is praying to a god outside of her home.
  • Woman talking to goddess
  • A woman is sewing and talking to her neighbor while a monkey has climbed onto the roof.
  • Lady attended to by her attendant.
  • Two people talking in front of what could be a house - would love to know what the writing says!
  • Two figures near a home/bed. With a lot of writing around.
  • "We appear to be surrounded by enlightening script, Majesty, but your mischievous monkey is about to tangle the letters!"
  • Complex events
  • I have no idea
  • Two figures and a small animal appear in a scene that appears to be outdoors.
  • A primitive drawing of two people, with a house / room in the background.
  • No idea.
  • An image of two women outside, next to them an interior with a monkey on the roof, text is integrated into the visual piece.
  • Lovers and prayers
  • A painting that is quite aged, it may be telling a story with accompanying pictures of the birth of someone.
  • Public versus private
  • An indoor-outdoor scene.
  • Always delegate the task of getting your monkey off the roof to your serving girl.
  • It appears to be a picture of a room outside of which two women (one standing and the other seated) meet each other.
  • Somewhat primitive drawing skills, but good start at color, composition, and subject matter, with effective balance of main picture and script sections.
  • An individual is visited by a deity, or two deities meet.
  • Beautiful calligraphy coordinated with imagery.
  • Princess with attendant
  • Two women at home.
  • Confusing - is that a monkey? Things are floating, odd.
  • Two women and monkey.
  • Two women outside while a baby sleeps.
  • Funeral of some kind?

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