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Two Scribes Seated with Books and a Writing Table Fragment of a decorative margin Northern India (Mughal school), ca. 1640-1650 Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Overall: 2 x 9 5/8in. (5.1 x 24.4cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.227.153

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

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  • 2 people
  • afgan poppies
  • alone
  • arid
  • artifact
  • awe
  • baige
  • beige
  • bland
  • brown
  • calm
  • challenging
  • chat
  • chit chat
  • conversation
  • cool
  • cropped
  • delicate
  • desert
  • dicussion
  • dirty eggs
  • discourse
  • discussion
  • drab
  • dull
  • edges
  • faded
  • field
  • floral
  • friends
  • gold
  • ground
  • help
  • hmmm
  • horizontal
  • intelligence
  • intimate
  • level
  • lonely
  • meditation 
  • meditative
  • meeting
  • men
  • minimalist
  • moghul
  • monochrome
  • mughal
  • narrow
  • not interesting
  • olive
  • ordinary
  • outdoors
  • pair
  • pale
  • panel
  • panorama
  • partial
  • peace
  • peaceful
  • perspetive
  • philosophers
  • picnic
  • plain
  • pray
  • prayer
  • refined
  • sages
  • sand
  • scholars
  • scroll
  • serene
  • sit
  • sitting
  • small
  • soothing
  • talk
  • talking
  • teaching
  • thin
  • thinking
  • this is even smaller
  • thought
  • ugly
  • vegetal
  • void
  • wallpaper
  • wisdom
  • wise

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

  • ancient
  • antique
  • austere
  • beautiful!
  • beige
  • blah
  • bland
  • border
  • boring
  • calm
  • characteristic
  • charming...
  • chat
  • contemplation
  • contemplative
  • contempt
  • conversation
  • conversational
  • converstaion
  • courtly, scholarly
  • deciple
  • discuss
  • discussion
  • drab
  • elegant
  • elucidating
  • empty
  • environmental
  • field
  • flat
  • ghostly
  • gossip
  • guru shishya
  • historic
  • indish
  • interesting
  • interview
  • intricate
  • learning
  • lecture
  • light
  • meditation
  • meditative
  • mellow
  • minor
  • modest
  • monochromatic
  • monotone
  • muted
  • mystic
  • natural
  • negotiating
  • old
  • party
  • patient
  • peace
  • peaceful
  • philosophizing
  • plain
  • pleasant
  • poetic
  • practice
  • prayer
  • quiet
  • quietude
  • reflecting
  • reflection
  • regal
  • relaxed
  • relaxing
  • religion
  • repose
  • respect
  • resting
  • scholarly
  • scholars
  • scroll
  • sedate
  • sepia
  • serene
  • serious
  • simple
  • small
  • somber
  • spiritual
  • spiritual?
  • stability
  • stand off
  • still
  • storytelling
  • teacher
  • teaching
  • thinking
  • thoughtful
  • tranquil
  • tutelage 
  • uninteresting
  • wisdom
  • zen

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • beige
  • beige   browns
  • beige tan
  • black
  • brown
  • buff
  • cream
  • darker brown
  • gold
  • gray or mud (meaning a blend of colors)...it looks as though red was the predominant base color for mixing the gray.
  • grayish brown amber
  • green
  • i'm colorblind
  • ivory
  • light beige
  • light brown
  • light rown
  • mud
  • nude
  • ochre
  • offwhite
  • olive
  • pink
  • sand
  • tan
  • tan brown
  • taupe
  • tea stain
  • wheat
  • white
  • yellow
  • yellow gold
  • yellowish brown

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • 2?
  • two
  • 2
  • 3

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • Prayer
  • This is two philosophers.
  • A discussion among scholars or priests.
  • A good conversation
  • Two men sit in a somber field.
  • Two sages linger over a book.
  • Two men in simple conversation with nature and a scroll.
  • Two men sitting, praying, and talking in a garden.
  • A narrow sheet with decorative background featuring two men in conversation.
  • I love this work - it is hard to tell in this low-res image, but it seems that this is a delicately rendered depiction of two scholars in a garden, possibly composing poetry (the one on the left seems to be reciting and/or writing while the one on the right seems to be enjoying the verse); I could almost see this as part of a border of a book of poetry produced at the Mughal court (circa 17th century).
  • Two men contemplating flora and fauna in a lush garden.
  • A meeting in the grass
  • Two Muslim men are haing a conversation in a poppy(?) field.
  • Don't like
  • Panoramic scroll of monochromatic colors with two men sharing stories.
  • Two wise men sit and discuss science.
  • Two dudes chat about law while camping.
  • Two men sit in a field, somewhat distant from each other but obviously communicating.
  • Discipleship.
  • Two old guys talking philosphy
  • Two wise men sit in a field, contemplating a classic question of philosophy.
  • A gay version of Le déjeuner sur l'herbe
  • Two men sit in a field of flowers, chatting amicably.
  • Men in a field.
  • Hard to see -is it a scribe or musician with another man?
  • Taking a break from gardening
  • Two men discuss a scroll in a field, painting seems to only use brown, white and black as colors.
  • Discussing wisdom.
  • Two men in a landscape
  • Two poets
  • Two men, a teacher and a student, sit in a field.
  • Two men, sitting in a field reading and discussing
  • Two men conversing. (difficult to see details in image)
  • 2 shepherds.
  • Two elders consider a marriage contract for the daughter of one of them.
  • Simple
  • Two male figures sit opposite one another in a field. One is drawing the other.
  • A narrow panel of two men, maybe sages, conferring in nature.
  • Two men seated outdoors.
  • Peaceful meditation and reflection upon the word of God
  • Forbidden love.
  • Interesting distance and separation of the figures as if more part of the decorative elements
  • Two men in a religious interaction
  • The discussion of the teaching
  • I see two men talking.
  • Two fakirs sit in a garden.
  • Seated men among flowers (detail)
  • Two older men resting along the grasses
  • Talking
  • BORING
  • Two scholars writing/discussing something in nature.
  • Two wise men talking together.
  • Two men relax among the grasses and flowers.
  • Lesson.
  • Two sheikhs sitting at a field
  • I imagine these fellows having a deep intellectual conversation.
  • Teacher and student
  • Someone needs to water these flowers.
  • Two men discussing the state of the world
  • The Holy.
  • Soothing
  • Two men sitting in a field.
  • Two men discussing written topics
  • Two wise men conversing
  • Two seated figures-- long and thin image.
  • A master and his student
  • A scribe & a nobelman communicating
  • Two elderly men are discussing something thoughtfully in a field.
  • A wise man and his pupil discuss serious topics.
  • Peaceful
  • This man is telling another man a story, while sitting on a field.
  • Two men talking
  • TWO MEN TALKING (WISE MEN?)
  • Two bearded men sitting in a garden, one reading from a scroll, one listening.
  • A pilgrim seeks enlightenment from a holy man.
  • Two dudes sitting in a field of plants
  • Teacher and student
  • Two scholars in a garden
  • Scholars
  • Mugahls in conversation.
  • Prayer and nature
  • 2 men sitting facing each other
  • Perhaps a scene of a discussion between two men, perhaps mugali?
  • Two men, probably scholars or prophets, seated in a field of flowers.
  • Two beaded men discusses the last Glee episode.
  • Two men horizontal plane
  • 2 men discussing something
  • Seeking advice
  • Holy men discussing
  • The exchange of knowledge or chitter chatter
  • Sepia Thoughts
  • Contemplation
  • Chatting with each other.
  • Two men talking surrounded by floral images.
  • Two men talking
  • Dudes sitting around chatting
  • Conversation
  • Two men resting in field
  • Two men converse in a field of flowers
  • Men chatting in a meadow
  • Two men chatting in the field
  • A monochrome picture: two bearded men in dialogue, in a field.
  • Calm
  • Two beards nattering in the flowers.
  • Very tranquile and relaxing
  • Two dudes sitting.
  • Plain
  • Dudes
  • Calm and intimate.
  • Two bearded men sit praying or contemplating in a field of flowers and small plants.
  • Two men talking, storytelling
  • Two men discuss nature while sitting amongst prarie flowers
  • TWO BEARDED MEN SITTING IN A FIELD
  • boring
  • Two men talking in a field, possibly reading.
  • Plain and boring
  • Two scholars in sepia (sp.) tones and black.
  • Wide monochromatic composition with two men sitting in front of another
  • Spiritual accemption
  • Men in gold field
  • Two bearded men in conversation.
  • A teacher is teaching a student
  • This is a picture of two men sitting in a field possibly discussing something.
  • Beautiful colors, evanescence.
  • Two men talking.
  • Two men seated in a field of flowers.
  • Important stories of the past are imparted in a lovely natural setting, suggesting that the complete context infuses a lesson with meaning & endurance.
  • He communed with his other-self, suspended in a peaceful frequency that seemed to transcend time.
  • This looks as if it depicts a conversation.
  • Two men conversing
  • On a summers afternoon, the men ponder life.
  • 2 scholars in conversation
  • Taking time to reflect in a desert of growth
  • Two brahmas are in a field
  • An important conversation between friends or enemies.
  • Two philosophers in the desert
  • Two sages discussing religious texts?
  • One wise figure learning from a teacher amid an arid landscape of stylized flora.
  • A seeker of wisdom, listening, taking adive
  • Two seated turbined figures.
  • A student and teacher sitting on the ground
  • Beautiful environment, peaceful colors
  • Two men in a rural location meeting with each other
  • Two men sitting in a garden having a conversation.
  • Two monk-like figured in a field, talking about something deep.

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