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Balarama Kills the Ass Demon Page from an illustrated manuscript of the Bhagavata Purana Northern India (Punjab Hills, Bilaspur), ca. 1725 Opaque watercolor and silver on paper Overall: 8 3/16 x 11 in. (20.8 x 27.9 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.227.166

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

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  •  daily life
  • a hunting we will go
  • alluring
  • attack
  • battle
  • blue
  • butcher
  • calm
  • charming
  • colombia
  • culture
  • curious
  • dance
  • dark
  • darkness
  • death
  • donkey
  • donkeys
  • dowry 
  • drama
  • dreary
  • dusk
  • eerie
  • engaging
  • evil
  • fight
  • fighter
  • floaters
  • forest
  • gem
  • gloom
  • gods
  • green
  • gross
  • historical
  • hunt
  • hunting
  • huny
  • intricate
  • intriguing
  • journey
  • leafy
  • love the trees. who is up there?
  • melancholy
  • midnight
  • moving
  • murder
  • mysterious
  • natural
  • night
  • pastorial
  • ramayana
  • sacrifice
  • sad
  • scary
  • scenic
  • search
  • sinister
  • slaughter
  • smudge
  • storm
  • stormy
  • story
  • strange
  • strong
  • surreal
  • theatrical
  • tramp
  • travellers
  • tree
  • trees
  • voilent
  • war
  • wind
  • windy

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

  • abuse
  • active
  • adventuresome
  • alive
  • amazing forest!
  • atmospheric
  • attack
  • awsome  stary night
  • bazzare
  • brutal
  • capture
  • cold
  • colorful and full of activity it tells a story
  • confusing composition
  • cordial
  • dangerous
  • dark
  • death
  • demon
  • destruction
  • destuctive
  • disapproval
  • disturbing
  • dramatic
  • earthbound
  • evocative
  • exciting
  • forest
  • giotto
  • gloom
  • gloomy
  • god
  • gods
  • goom
  • heavy
  • hectic
  • heroic
  • hiding
  • hunt
  • hunting
  • hunting for fun
  • intense
  • journey
  • k
  • keshi
  • kill
  • life
  • meaning
  • mischievous
  • movement
  • muddy
  • mysterious
  • mythic
  • mythical
  • narrative
  • natural
  • nature
  • odd
  • ominous
  • pastoral
  • puzzling
  • rainy
  • retribution
  • river
  • royal
  • sacrific
  • sacrifice
  • slaughter
  • somber
  • spilled paint.
  • spooky
  • stormy
  • storytelling
  • surreal
  • survival
  • tempest
  • tense
  • tension
  • the hunt
  • the kill and the gods
  • town
  • travel
  • turkish
  • twilit
  • uthinize
  • vibrant
  • violent
  • visceral
  • weird
  • what are they doing to that poor donkey
  • worry
  • 1

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • aqua
  • aqua marine
  • black
  • black green
  • blue
  • blue   green
  • blue and green
  • blue black
  • blue gray
  • blue green
  • blue grey
  • blue, grey
  • blues
  • bluey green
  • bluish green
  • bluw
  • charcoal gray
  • dark blue
  • dark gray
  • dark green
  • dark turquoise
  • gray
  • green
  • green blue
  • green gray
  • greenish blue
  • greens
  • grey
  • grey blue
  • grey green
  • medium dark green
  • midnight blue
  • navy blue
  • teal
  • turquoise
  • white

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  •  9 people two animals
  • 9
  • 12? counting the animals :)
  • 9 people, 3 animals
  • 9-10
  • Nine.
  • eight
  • eleven
  • nine
  • ninfe
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 16
  • 17
  • 19

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • Men hunting to please their king.
  • Sacrifice of a mule for a god.
  • Boys will be boys.
  • Hunting for wildlife with help from the elder gods.
  • Deer hunting
  • God-like figures peer down from storm clouds and observe the slaughter of a donkey, as does a figure to the right who may be a captive.
  • Some men slaughter a donkey.
  • Group of travellers with animals
  • Hunt scene with royalty pursuing burros
  • Gods hunting asses
  • A scene depicting a holy vision being experienced by the figure in the lower right hand corner.
  • Group walking on road with donkey.
  • The gods watch; a braying ass is wrestled to the ground; another dines on grass nearby, placidly oblivious.
  • Hunt scene with figures and donkeys in foreground, trees or forest in background.
  • The hunt..
  • A group of men hunt and kill a donkey in the forest while one tries to stop them.
  • Royalty go hunting in the woods, mysteries figures lurk behind them.
  • This looks like a hunting scene, as the three men on the left are about to kill the donkey (?) they have captured.
  • A donkey is captured stealthily while lords from this other kingdom are blindly looking in other directions.
  • Slaying or controlling of animal for the purposes of humans and gods.
  • Men taking animal after hunt, with gods watching over.
  • People are killing donkeys, while others watch.
  • The slaying of the brazen donkey while his mate moves in to free him. The king is pleased with the kill.
  • Two figures are surprised by thieves in the night, who kill their donkey.
  • Donkey killing
  • Hunting scene, I think? Looks like three men are attacking a wild ass, while two other men look on, and two other asses are free nearby.
  • Initially thought it was a hunting scene, but perhaps a sacrifice which might explain the heads at the top of the painting and the god on the left.
  • Appealing use of blue tones. A prince watches as his servants slay a donkey. Gods watch from the hills.
  • They are out hunting.
  • The hunt, depicting the kill where the animal in the background is accepting of the kill, even peaceful. I also like the men/gods behind the mountains.
  • Again, this painting seems to show different points of one narrative, this time in a landscape.
  • Animal kill.
  • The kill
  • Two figures bring an ailing donkey before a shaman as other donkeys frolick and two figures look on.
  • A journey begins.
  • Grey night on a hunt
  • Sacrificing a beast to appease the spirits
  • In at the kill! with ceremonial overtones.
  • Sacrifice for cermony
  • Waterful
  • This is a hunting party
  • Judgement.
  • Krishna killing a monster
  • Sacrificing animals
  • Hunting scene, an illustration of some story.
  • Hunting for game.
  • Krishna leads a procession through the woods.
  • Farmers hunting and gathering donkey's while the God's watch above in the sky.
  • Sacrificing a donkey for diety
  • Three men are sacrificing a donkey while two others look on.
  • Dramatic
  • This appears to be a legend or folktale, possibly depicted over time, involving a donkey(s) and protagonist.
  • Ritual
  • An outdoor scene that appears to involve ritualistic slaughter
  • The saddened forest is in anguish with the slaughter of the wild donkey.
  • Four dead kings watch as a man who was transformed into a donkey is accidentally killed by his friends, who don't realize what happened.
  • A violent communion with nature
  • Two travellers beset by robbers, encouraged by a deity.
  • Deer hunters and wind spirits
  • Vishnu is either helping or killing a fallen donkey with a fallen soldier or cohort to the right.
  • Some people clay a donkey while others look on .
  • Wildly contrasting brushwork and childlike use of perspective
  • The hunters have selected an antelope to be sacrificed for the king
  • A scene that depicts general indian farm activities.
  • 3 hunters attack a donkey while 2 others watch
  • Primitive civilization hunting for food.
  • A hunting scene in its various phases, being watched by a sovereign of sorts
  • Preparations for a celebration
  • Hunters in the presence of Krishna
  • As what appears to be a few spiritual beings watch from above a mountain range and a row of trees, a group of people bury a donkey, and a couple of donkeys roam around in the background.
  • This painting depicts a hunting scene in a forest with gods looking down from above.
  • There appears to be mischief involving an ass.
  • A hunting scene
  • Men hunting animals, and one of them appears to be Krishna, trying to stop them.
  • A forest scene with figures and animals
  • Hunting for food
  • In the countryside
  • A sacrifice
  • Hunting donkeys
  • Killing a donkey
  • It looks like they are hunting.
  • Sacrificial cermeony
  • Donkeys and Rain Gods.
  • Hunting
  • Wandering wandering for enlightenment
  • Nicolas Poussin
  • Donkies with people on the road, gods in the heavens look down
  • Hunting
  • Vishnu helps some men kill a donkey while other donkeys frolic and men in the mountains look on.
  • Donkey sacrifice in front of the royals
  • Hunters slaughter a donkey?
  • The donkey hunt.
  • The men are attacking a donkey while others watch over in the hills.
  • Hunting, with dreams.
  • Men hunting
  • The gods are busy and don't notice the man being assaulted by the thieves.
  • A hunt, blessed and encouraged by the gods.
  • Three men are carrying off a donkey in the dark while two others and another donkey are watching.
  • A hunting scene with four men killing a donkey, overseen by a blue figure, while four heavenly faces look down from above.
  • Nice colors
  • Dark mood with cold colors
  • Too bussy
  • Hunters killing a donkey
  • A crude scene of hunting
  • Some men and a couple of donkeys
  • Stuff
  • Journey
  • A rather bizarre version of deer hunting in which a seeming royal personage (prince-like) holds a deer while others, including one blue deity slaughter a deercaptured by the hunting party
  • A hunting party captures a donkey.
  • Dark and menacing.
  • Hunting scene
  • Krishna is admonishing two men who have just killed an animal while another man and his servent cower in fear.
  • Hunting party killing donkeys as the Gods rage above.
  • At first glance a successful hunt, but there are signs that this an unwise endeavor.
  • Beautiful
  • This is a scene of a royal donkey hunt.
  • Three robbers are stealing a farmer's donkey while the 4th robber detains the farmer.
  • Men on a donkey hunt.
  • The ritual was performed as planned.
  • Hunting
  • A ritual
  • A group of men on a hunt. With some gods?...
  • People carry sick donkey while the donkey's friend prances after it and the donkey's owners topple in grief.
  • Beef it's what's for dinner... ?
  • Hunting scene
  • Men are hunting deer in the countryside.
  • From right to left a hunter spies an animal, hunts and kills it with the assistance of Lord Shiva.
  • A groups hides from the police.
  • A continuous narrative describing the capture of an animal, perhaps a representation of a deity.
  • 3 men hold down a donkey being killed with 2 other donkeys roaming free, all watched by a man and his servant.
  • Gods and men hunting together
  • Travel, survival, countryside
  • The hunt
  • Slaughtering goats.
  • A beautiful sad wash
  • ...donkey being slaughtered?

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