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Vishnu on Garuda Northern India (Punjab Hills, probably Nurpur), ca. 1725 or earlier Opaque watercolor, silver and gold on paper Overall: 8 11/16 x 5 3/4 in. (22.1 x 14.6 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.227.140

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

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  • arms
  • awesome
  • battle
  • beak
  • beakman
  • belief
  • bird
  • bird face
  • bird god
  • birdface
  • birdie
  • birdman
  • birds
  • bizarre
  • claude ponti
  • colour
  • conflict
  • cool
  • crazy
  • creepy
  • danagogog
  • dance
  • demonic
  • dreamy
  • eagle
  • everyone
  • exotic
  • fantastic
  • fantastical
  • fantasy
  • fascinating
  • fierce
  • flight
  • float
  • fly
  • flying
  • flying.
  • garuda
  • gaurded
  • god
  • god riding a god
  • goddess
  • gods
  • good
  • gorgeous
  • hawk
  • hindu god
  • hindu rapture
  • hybrid
  • imaginary
  • imdugud
  • interesting
  • intriguing
  • magic
  • miracle
  • monster
  • movement
  • mystery
  • mystical
  • myth
  • mythic
  • mythical
  • mythology
  • nose
  • odd
  • ohwow!
  • parot
  • parrot
  • phoenix
  • power
  • puzzling
  • quest
  • ramayan
  • religion
  • repulsive
  • shiva
  • spiritual
  • strange
  • surreal
  • teamwork
  • unusual
  • vishnu
  • weird
  • what
  • whoop.
  • wierd
  • woah
  • wow

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

  • adventure
  • adventurous
  • allegory myth
  • angel
  • anger.
  • apotheosis
  • arrival
  • awkward
  • balance
  • bird creature
  • birdface
  • birdman
  • bizar
  • bizarre
  • bold
  • color rich, enigmatic
  • crazy
  • curious
  • dangerous
  • deified
  • deity
  • deity depiction 
  • determined
  • dieties
  • divine 
  • drug induced flight 
  • enlightened
  • ethereal
  • euphoric
  • exhilarting
  • exilirating
  • exotic
  • exploring
  • faith
  • fantastical
  • fantasy
  • flight
  • floating
  • fly
  • flying away
  • folklore
  • fun flying
  • gargoyle
  • garuda
  • god
  • gods
  • great
  • heroes
  • hindu mythology
  • holding shiva
  • holy
  • hybrid
  • iconic
  • impressive
  • in flight
  • interesting
  • intriguing
  • journey
  • levitation
  • light
  • magical
  • man animal
  • man bird
  • metaphysical
  • mind bending
  • mission
  • multi limbed
  • mysterious
  • mysterious...
  • mystical
  • mythical
  • mythological
  • mythology
  • not much
  • odd
  • omen
  • omniscient
  • phanatasmagoric
  • primitive
  • religious
  • scary
  • semi divine
  • shiva
  • silly
  • soaring
  • spirited
  • spiritual
  • strange
  • strong
  • surreal
  • surrealism
  • surrealist
  • symbolic
  • symbolism
  • tale
  • thanks giving
  • thought provoking
  • thoughtful
  • to the rescue
  • transcend
  • transformation
  • transport
  • trasport
  • travels
  • uplifting
  • vishnu
  • weird
  • worship

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • avacado green
  • avocado
  • blue
  • body color
  • brown
  • chartreuse
  • chartruese
  • cumin
  • dark blue
  • earth
  • flesh
  • gold
  • gold green
  • gold yellow
  • golden
  • green
  • greenish
  • greenish background
  • greenish gold
  • greenish yellow
  • muddy green
  • not clearity in picture but overall good
  • ochre
  • olive
  • olive gold
  • olive green
  • orange
  • orange brown
  • pale green
  • pea green
  • pink
  • red
  • rose
  • skin color
  • yellow
  • yellow green
  • yellowgreen
  • 2

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • Two.
  • Two. Four if we count the snakes.
  • two
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 8

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • A bejeweled four-armed god rides atop a mythical flying beast creature with a beak and bird's feet but four human arms and a human torso and neck. The god carries a lotus, a circular object, a sceptre, and another white object I can't identify, one item in each hand.the bird-man creature wears three, maybe four snakes around his neck and back and carries two vase-like objects.
  • Impressive
  • The mode of transportation of a god.
  • An eagle man carries a god on his back
  • An eagle god with many arms flies over the lush land carrying another deity on his back.
  • In flight with deity.
  • Multi-armed gods flying.
  • Two dieties holding the balance of the world.
  • A Hindu God riding on the back of an anthropomorphic figure.
  • God on the back of a bird-faced god.
  • Two hybrid creatures in the air above some lovely flowers.
  • A strange god astride a chicken-headed creature.
  • Indian gods fly above, holding offerings.
  • Flying mythological creatures.
  • Hindu deities in flight are... doing something.
  • Bird and blue man
  • Probably a god, riding a multi armed bird creature, festooned with snakes, rich color, would love to know significance
  • Krishna rides on the back of winged n beaked creature, flying through golden air between earth and sky
  • Indian myth ?
  • A god descends
  • A flying, bird-headed god is carrying another god on his shoulders
  • The gods fly.
  • Man with bird mask and goddess in landscape
  • I like the mythology in it, Vishnu riding on Garuda?
  • Gods aflight
  • A spirit flies over the ground in search of a target.
  • A god sits atop a half-man, half-bird.
  • A depiction of an Indians God tale
  • A mythical beast carrying a god with various symbolic articles.
  • A bird/man God is traveling to bring potions and good will to someone
  • A god flying on the shoulders of a bird.
  • There is a lot of symbol and imagery -- bird face, four arms, black vs. white figures, half man half bird.
  • Krishna? being flown into battle on the back of a bird king/god
  • Fake
  • Garuda and vishnu
  • Illustration from mythic story. Krishna(He's blue?) being transported by Garuda?
  • Deity riding a monstrous creature through the air
  • Bird/human figure flies Royal figure.
  • A hindu god (Krishna?) is riding a magical beast.
  • The flight of krishna
  • Indian gods flying
  • Half men-half bird
  • Krishna and omeone else are flying.
  • A diety travelling on the back of a lesser one
  • Indian Chagall
  • These are Hindu gods, I don't recall which ones - I think they may be a representation of Kali - the god with the multiple arms?
  • 2 gods, one helping the other out by giving him a "ride"
  • This looks like the representation of a god or deity because the figures have multiple arms and are human/ animal in nature.
  • Odd
  • A god rides a bird-man god.
  • Two gods
  • Birdman and four-armed Smurf.
  • Carried away, covered in gods, riding through time.
  • Bird man with god on shoulders
  • Imagination
  • Flying
  • Indian God depiction.
  • Gotta stop eating cheese before bed
  • A moment of connecting with the soul
  • Flying magic
  • Indian cupid
  • Gods
  • Mythological incarnation heading out for duty
  • Blue god on a flying beast
  • This seems to be a depiction of a mythical bird/person who is masked wearing an elaborate headdress.
  • An Indian God F A I L.
  • A mythological scene i do not know anything about
  • Full of energy
  • Hindu gods are doing some sort of ritual.
  • Gods travel on high
  • Diety riding parrot guy
  • Gods and monsters
  • It is dreamlike and also has a mythical theme.
  • One god transports another.
  • The stuff of crazy dreams
  • THe gods in flow
  • A bird-like man carrying on his back a God or some kind of warrior
  • Flying on a bird man
  • A god, possibly Krishna, because he's blue, is riding on an eagle, possibly Garuda.
  • Flying gods in battle
  • Vishnu is riding on his vahana Garuda.
  • Winged bird-like deity flying and transporting another deity.
  • Two gods flying by
  • Religious mythological figure
  • Beaked and winged deity graced with multi-arm warrior
  • Bird man with four arms with multi armed god behind
  • Guardian Angel
  • Strange birdman flying a god
  • Bird man flies with diety on his back.
  • Two god like figures ... flying?
  • Flying Gods
  • A four-armed figure rides on the back of a composite figure (part animal, part human), within an ambiguously organic setting.
  • A hindu god rides on the back of another god
  • Looks like Shiva and some other deity with bird features bringing gifts to someone.
  • A nice god brining offerings
  • Interesting figures
  • Nice
  • Being carried away to the afterlife
  • Wierd
  • Weird, surreal, use of different colours
  • Message
  • Vishnu destroys bird baby
  • The beak is disconcerting.
  • A man with four arms and the head and feet of chicken seems to float above the ground with a four-armed, winged god behind him.
  • Strange visitors
  • Indian deity flying on garuda
  • Krishna (maybe?) is riding on the back of a winged four-armed bird-man.
  • Krishna flying on a mount's shoulders.
  • Take the fake nose off and quit talking to the spirits.
  • It appears as if a Hindu god is giving gifts to another god, representing an eagle.
  • Gods flying
  • Different gods
  • Half-man, Half-bird spiritual being conflicted with choices.
  • I wonder what I am looking at?
  • Man/bird imagery with good/evil implications
  • Two Hindu deities float over flowers on the ground.
  • A four-armed bird-man flies with a little gray four-armed man on his shoulders.
  • God with many hands and attributes rides a mythical helper with a beaked head and chicken-like feet; I don't know this iconography.
  • The question became, who was protecting whom?
  • Krishna being carried by a hindu god with bird-like features.
  • Magic
  • Holy smokes! I have no idea!
  • Transformation of human and bird.
  • All limits are self imposed.
  • The gods are coming
  • A vision of the gods travelling in the world.
  • Powerful spiritual journey, battle of light and darkness.
  • Who are these folks?
  • One god with 4 arms rides the shoulders of another 4 armed god that appears to have the characteristics of a bird - wings, claws and a beak.
  • Flight of the gods to Nirvana
  • It's surreal, dreamlike, and appealing in regard to subject, color, and composition.
  • A many armed blue god rides on the shoulders of a bird faced many armed god.
  • A god being carried on half human half-bird like creature.
  • Krishna gets a ride.
  • Interesting depiction of gods and war?
  • Two Gods spreading blessings
  • Gods answering your prayers
  • Powerful God
  • Gods
  • Gods flying
  • I like this mythological, cultural,historic.
  • Bird man with a weird kid on his neck.

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