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Episodes Surrounding the Birth of Krishna Page from an illustrated manuscript of the Bhagavata Purana Northern India (Rajasthan, Mewar), late 17th-early 18th century Opaque watercolor on paper Overall: 10 1/8 x 15 15/16 in. (25.7 x 40.5 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of Emily Manheim Goldman, 1991.180.10

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

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  • "dark"
  • ?
  • absurd
  • acrobat
  • acrobatic
  • anger
  • architecture
  • attack
  • baby
  • baby!
  • balance
  • battering
  • beating
  • betrayal
  • bhagavad
  • birth
  • bleh
  • blocks
  • boon
  • bright 
  • calm
  • carrying
  • cartoonlike
  • child
  • color
  • colorful
  • commotion
  • community
  • conflict
  • confusing
  • confusion
  • crazy
  • crisp
  • culture
  • cycle
  • design veryimportant
  • diorama
  • disturbance
  • doll house
  • domestic
  • dramatic
  • dull
  • embellished
  • energizing
  • fable
  • family
  • flat
  • funny
  • gods
  • grey
  • gulliver
  • hectic
  • hit
  • home
  • house
  • household
  • huh
  • huh?
  • hun?
  • intrigue
  • intriguing
  • kidnap
  • king
  • life
  • lift
  • lily
  • lily pads
  • lilypad
  • lotus
  • men
  • murder
  • mystery...
  • narration
  • narrative
  • neat
  • need to learn how to draw 3d
  • night 
  • offer
  • offering
  • order
  • palace
  • people
  • perspective
  • pious
  • pond
  • prayer
  • prayers
  • present
  • pretty
  • profile view
  • prostration
  • questionable
  • random
  • realization
  • red
  • relax
  • religious
  • revelation
  • revenge
  • rudimentary
  • run
  • sacred
  • sick
  • son
  • spiritual
  • spirtual
  • story
  • strange
  • structure
  • surprise
  • surreal
  • swim
  • sword
  • terror
  • thoughtful
  • tiny
  • to the gods
  • two dimensional
  • village
  • want the story
  • weird
  • what are they doing?
  • what?
  • whats happening
  • white

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

  • abstract
  • action
  • afternoon disturbance
  • amazing
  • angry neighbor
  • anticipatory
  • attack
  • baby sitter next door
  • bewildering
  • birth
  • bright
  • busy
  • catch the baby!
  • celestial
  • center
  • chaos
  • chilling
  • cluttered
  • colorful
  • compartments
  • conflict
  • confused
  • confusing
  • crazy
  • creative
  • crisis
  • crosssection
  • crowded
  • curious
  • dangerous
  • delivery
  • design
  • detailed
  • diverse
  • dollhouse like
  • domestic
  • domesticity
  • dreamlike
  • dreamy
  • dynamic
  • elaborately flowery
  • expectant
  • family
  • fanciful
  • fantasy
  • fascinating
  • favor
  • flat
  • flying kids
  • frustration
  • fun
  • happy
  • harmony
  • hmmm
  • home
  • homes
  • honor
  • horizontal
  • household routine
  • i balance a man on my hand
  • i don't get it
  • india
  • informative
  • interesting
  • intimate story
  • joyous
  • kidnap
  • lazy
  • life
  • lilypad
  • meditating
  • meditative
  • men
  • message
  • moment
  • mysterious
  • mystic
  • mystical
  • mythology
  • narrative
  • neighbor
  • night
  • no idea.
  • odd
  • offering
  • pain
  • pray
  • prayer
  • questioning
  • religious
  • religious? fantasy
  • sacrifice
  • serene
  • servitude
  • slice of life
  • society
  • story
  • storytelling
  • strange
  • strong sense of organization and colorful. 
  • structured
  • stylized
  • surprise
  • suspense
  • teaching
  • tricky
  • trouble
  • turbulent
  • unfolding
  • unsure
  • vibrant
  • village
  • village life
  • violent
  • visit from the divine
  • vivid
  • whim

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • black
  • blue
  • blue gray
  • blue grey
  • bluish grey
  • brick red
  • brown
  • burgandy
  • dark gray
  • even mix
  • graphite
  • gray
  • gray blue
  • grayish blue
  • grey
  • grey blue
  • grey green
  • greyish blue
  • hard to pick
  • light blue
  • navy
  • none
  • ochre
  • orange
  • pink
  • red
  • red brick
  • red orange
  • red, yellow, orange
  • redbrown
  • rust
  • rust brown
  • saffron
  • shades of blue
  • slate
  • slate grey
  • vlue
  • white
  • yellow

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • Five or six
  • Five.
  • five
  • four
  • four or five
  • six
  • six, possibly seven plus four birds
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4-6
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 6 human figures
  • 7
  • 9
  • 13

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • A family moves in with inlaws after a marriage.
  • Servant bringing a figurine to another
  • Strange
  • A man meditates in his home, moments before hearing "the news", while his family sleeps peacefully in the next room
  • In a town, a woman sleeps, a man meditates, and another man walks through the street holding a statue.
  • Domestic scene showing interior and exterior.
  • Household scene. childbirth?
  • A baby is being delivered.
  • I have no idea!
  • I don't know, but it looks like a great story.
  • Delivery of statue and cityscape.
  • This image is too small do discern what's going on.
  • A story is being told by the inside and outside inhabitants.
  • Please forgive me in exchange for the sacrifice of my first-born son.
  • Village scene, man with statue, people in houses
  • Ruler in a palace, mythological scene enacted outside
  • I don't know, it's disturbing. There seems to be a child being carried in a way that wouldn't be safe.
  • A man rushes with a baby from heaven to show another man.
  • Looks like an Indian annunciation.
  • Can't see
  • Segregated rooms activities a day in the life...
  • It's about the organization and compartmentalization of the action. Very satisfying.
  • I am not sure what is happening here.
  • Very intriguing Pahari painting - actually reminds me of some of the Rajput paintings I've seen from Nepal (circa 18th-19th century) in the use of space in the combination of perspectival space in the foreground and flat compartmentalized interiors in the background.
  • A night scene in the interior courtyard or garden of a courtly home.
  • Garden gnome repositiong
  • Cityscape with figures and architecture.
  • A man is hurrying to bring a healing statue to the home of his brother whose wife is lying very ill in bed.
  • An offering is being made to a couple.
  • Average
  • Teaching babies how to fly.
  • Elaborative narrative scene
  • Dwarves throwing was L's favorite game
  • Garden w/ old-timey-perspective architecture, a few figures, the smallest one the representation of a god?
  • Naked dwarf being carried around
  • A man carries a child to another man while a woman sleeping in a room
  • Too small on screen to figure out what is happening, but I'd like to know the story.
  • Is it from a ragmala? Again hard to see....
  • Crazy religous sacrifice
  • Action is taking place between two cross-section views of houses
  • Palace with lord, sleeping lady, and visitor showing icon
  • There seems to be an adventurous story in it.
  • A man and woman at home get a delivery.
  • Gods come to the palace
  • The messenger brings good news, The king will have a son.
  • A courtyard scene.
  • Men and women stroll the streets of a stunning town; others are at home.
  • Cross-section view of a palace with lily pond, a man carries a child? as another watches from indoors
  • A day in the life? (too small to see many details)
  • Can not make out. birthing?
  • Looks like home-life in India...............
  • A woman has given birth to a child and the proud father is showing other people the baby.
  • Suburban scene with woman resting and man in meditation.
  • It seems to be a complicated tale, with water lilies!
  • I see a woman being "delivered" to a man.
  • Narrative painting
  • A domestic scene showing what people do throughout the day.
  • A philosopher or guru assists a king in an intrigue involving twin babies, or switching babies, at birth.
  • LOVELY
  • A man is running towards a dwelling holding a small statue. Or a baby.
  • A man is bringing a gift to another man's home.
  • A contest of family, inheritance and time
  • Man bringing a statue to his neighbors house with haste
  • Layered, pictographic, narrative.
  • Family
  • Home
  • A dispute between two families
  • A holy man is guarding a sick woman while new techniques of healing are brought to his attention.
  • In the center a male figure holds a small figure in his hands. Surrounding him are two buildings that we see in x-ray view.
  • The afterlife.
  • A painting depicting a general day scene.
  • Respect
  • A man showing an important child to a holy man.
  • Domestic scenes with men baby and woman
  • This painting depicts several scenes and interiors from a royal court.
  • Home life dreaming of children.
  • Man handling child
  • A man carrying a little man running towards a house where a woman sleeps, holding a baby, while her husband meditates
  • A man carries an idol to a house where a man meditates and a woman sleeps.
  • I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING
  • A father brings an ailing child to the temple to be blessed.
  • Amazing vivid color depiction of everyday indian life.
  • Noisy
  • Making roti?
  • House with people
  • Hard to make out the detail of the right side of painting.
  • A homage where reverence is being shown at feet of a sage
  • A man enters into another world maybe to heal the one who is sick.
  • A quiet afternoon
  • Man brings home a statue
  • Someone has committed a crime in the village and is brought to punish.
  • A vision.
  • Complicated.
  • A meditating man at home about to be visited by a rushing messenger carryibg a child.
  • A woman swoons while her son attacks an intruder with the body of christ.
  • Houses and a pond
  • A group of Indian houses where a male attendant is carrying a nude woman from one to another with a man waiting inside.
  • A peaceful meditation being disturbed by a man with a child
  • A pond in front of two buildings, a man brandishing a tiny man/ child/ statue runs toward the building on the right; in the front room a sitting man awaits, in the back room a woman sleeps.
  • Nice view of life through windows
  • Daily life
  • Blue
  • Colourful
  • A man upset with his martial situation is urgently trying to seek advice and hand his wife over to someone else.
  • Approach
  • Diing woman and 2 man
  • Very odd scene showing multiple interiors and a pond with lily pads
  • Man with lover visited by god in dreams
  • We deliver!
  • Someone left the guys home alone today.
  • Child being delivered to a couple
  • Paying homage
  • A man wields a tiny jesus statue near a pond.
  • Man with human stick
  • Interesting
  • A yogi looks on as a frustrated man throws his daughter's badly proportioned Barbie into the blank spot on the canvas.
  • Have no clue
  • Story telling about bringing a baby to a family -
  • Neighbors
  • Man can't stand his crying child anymore so decided to give the noise-maker to his neighbor, at least for the night.
  • A man carries an urgent message to his leader.
  • Everyday life
  • Man tries to kill a cloud with a child statue as the father meditates and the mother and child try to sleep.
  • ?
  • No idea
  • Man runs across the street to show his neighbor his new statue.
  • Domestic scenes from a house with a view of all the rooms.
  • A city painted with see through walls.
  • Idol prayer.
  • A chap is meditating and the man outside represents his meditation
  • ? What happens behind closed doors is no ones business.
  • The arrival of a new child to this couple.
  • A Fertility Ceremony
  • Interior views of a palace set in landscape of trees, flowers and pond with a worker toiling
  • Great looking architecture.
  • Little man in hands!
  • A man is meditating and a woman resting in a fancy house with a lotus pond, and a messenger is bringing some kind of news, in the form of what looks like a statue or possibly a child.
  • Dude carrying a dude.

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