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Portrait of Raja Amur Singh of Patiala Northern India (Punjab), ca. 1830 Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Overall: 10 11/16 x 7 9/16 in. (27.1 x 19.2 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of Emily Manheim Goldman, 1991.180.7

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

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  • aggressive
  • annoyed
  • babar
  • badshah
  • balance
  • beard
  • bland
  • blossom
  • blue
  • boarders
  • boring
  • bright
  • calm
  • catharsis
  • cherry blossum
  • contemplation
  • dawn
  • decorative
  • dramatic
  • eating
  • egg
  • elegant
  • exquisite
  • floral
  • flowers
  • focus
  • formal garden
  • frame
  • guru
  • hands
  • hmmm
  • importance
  • indian
  • indigo
  • king
  • lame
  • lantern
  • light
  • lilac
  • listen
  • lunch 
  • male
  • man
  • meditaition
  • meditate
  • meditation
  • meditative
  • moghul miniature
  • mughal
  • mystical
  • night
  • nobility
  • oval
  • palace
  • patterns
  • peace
  • peaceful
  • pious
  • pleading
  • pleasant
  • poised
  • portrait
  • posture
  • pray
  • prayer
  • prince
  • privilege
  • purple
  • quiet
  • regal
  • religion
  • repose
  • restful
  • royalty
  • ruler
  • saint
  • serene
  • serious
  • sky
  • snake
  • sniff
  • somber
  • spirit
  • spring
  • stately
  • stern
  • sultan
  • thought
  • thoughtful
  • tradition
  • tranquil
  • tree
  • trees
  • turban
  • vase
  • violet
  • window
  • wonderful color blue
  • yellow

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

  • ? angry prayer
  • alert
  • arrogant
  • attuned
  • balanced
  • blue
  • blue egg
  • boring
  • calm
  • calming
  • chanting
  • command
  • communion
  • comtemplative
  • contemplation
  • contemplative
  • cool
  • decorative
  • desc iplined
  • devout
  • disguise
  • dusk
  • flowers
  • focus
  • focused
  • fresh
  • hopeful
  • inquisitive
  • institutional
  • instructive
  • interiority
  • isolated
  • karma
  • learning
  • lens
  • majestic
  • man
  • man seated in spring garden
  • medatative
  • meditate
  • meditation
  • meditative
  • mody
  • noble
  • nostalgic
  • obeying
  • peace
  • peaceful
  • pensive
  • political , contemplation
  • pompous
  • pondering
  • portrait
  • portraiture
  • posed
  • power
  • pray
  • pray.
  • prayer
  • public relations
  • reflective
  • regal
  • religious
  • renewed
  • rigid
  • royal
  • seductive
  • self representation
  • serene
  • serious
  • severe
  • sikh?
  • sitting
  • soft
  • solemnity
  • solid
  • somber
  • sombre
  • speech
  • spirit
  • spiritual
  • spring
  • staged
  • staid
  • stately
  • stiff
  • stifness
  • stoic
  • strategy
  • striking
  • stylized
  • sultan
  • tense
  • thinking
  • thoughtful
  • tired
  • tranquil 
  • typical indian
  • wise
  • wishing

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • blue
  • blue and yellow
  • bluish purple
  • dark blue
  • gold
  • indigo purple
  • lavender
  • light blue
  • light lavender
  • mauve
  • orange
  • pale orange
  • pink
  • pink blue
  • purple
  • red
  • rose
  • tellow
  • there is no dominant color
  • there isn't one
  • violet
  • voilet blue
  • white
  • yellow
  • yellowish tan

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • if the tree have souls it would be 3
  • one
  • three
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 7
  • 54

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • A wealthy man meditating
  • Thoughtful gentleman.
  • A man sitting in a courtyard.
  • Man resting oudoors
  • A man meditates.
  • Seated man
  • Portrait of a gentleman.
  • Seated Mogul emperor in meditation
  • This is well-composed, balanced and reverential.
  • A man, perhaps a soldier is seated as if to pray or worship.
  • A turbaned man sits on an embroidered pillow in contemplation.
  • A man kneels on a mat.
  • Looking up to the sky, a man ponders a cracker.
  • Delicate 18th century Pahari man dressed in yellow garb with matching turban contemplates, his hand delicately raised in a gesture with thin fingers pointing to each other.
  • Rajput, probably 18th or 19th century - lovely framing (a convention I tend to associate with the 19th century) - of a noble (seemingly holding a flower?) seated on a wonderfully embroidered carpet laid out along a palace terrace, possibly at the center of a char-bagh garden.
  • Asdf
  • Seated sikh lord
  • One man. One hat. Two trees.
  • A seated man dressed in yellow robe and turban is shown in profile and is centrally located against a richly decorated floral background.
  • Man meditating
  • Man in prayerful position,
  • Nice evening
  • Mindfulness, springtime.
  • A man sits and contemplates.
  • Guy chilling
  • Reverence - with a really big bottom.
  • Pilgrim
  • A portrait of a wealthy nabob in repose.
  • Pray
  • Mughal painting
  • Portrait of an aristocrat
  • Portrait of a man
  • Men can love flowers too
  • A man sitting in a garden contemplating.
  • It is important to have some time for reflection each day.
  • A man preparing himself.
  • Serene beautiful scene of a man in seated meditation - thumb and forefinger touching.
  • Simple
  • Royal at prayer or at meditation in palace enclosure.
  • This is a highly and fabulously detailed work depicting a gentleman in prayer?
  • A man looking towards the skies.
  • Beautiful decroative elements that repeat themselves in the tree.
  • A man praying outside.
  • Someone contemplating the world.
  • Please, Lord, I beg you to listen to me.
  • Beautiful depiction of prayer with symbolic plants I cannot decipher.
  • Man in yellow praying in an arbor.
  • Man meditates one-pointedly.
  • Portrait of a noble in spring.
  • Meditative and serene
  • The gaze is everything in this picture, the eyes being the center of the composition
  • Image of Indian rajah sitting in garden.
  • A man kneels, holding an undetermined object.
  • Man sitting with trees in background
  • A prince sits in a garden.
  • Portrait of a man seated on a terrance
  • Men with flowers
  • A famous prince sitting
  • The prince in yellow robes is thinking as he sits on his embroidered cushion
  • A man presenting a gift or making an offering.
  • A man kneels, framed, surrounded by blooming trees and tulips.
  • A sikh sits in prayer or contemplation in a beautiful garden.
  • Portrait of an important figure of lore.
  • Sultan
  • A man in a yellow costume and turban is seen in profile resting on a balcony.
  • Bland, symmetrical, rigid.
  • I am the sultan of sheikh...
  • A man and his thoughts, very contemplative
  • A very powerful man in the spring.
  • A simple man in a time of reverence
  • Wise man kneeling outdoors, eyes cast upward, asking for enlightenment
  • Colorful and concentrated.
  • Uncle Morty.
  • A seated (and bearded) sultan with yellow garb (including turban) contemplates nature - which includes two beautiful trees in blossom
  • This man is giving thanks for the many gifts life has bestowed upon him
  • Punjabi prince dreams of californian waves
  • Prayer scene
  • Wealth, power, thoughtfulness and correctness of posture
  • A man, probably wealthy, kneels on a balcony that looks out on two trees and prays.
  • A man communes with a god or spiritual power.
  • This painting depicts a Mughal man, perhaps an emperor, on a patterned carpet in his courtyard.
  • This is a portrait of a young man, perhaps on an occasion or receiving power from someone he is looking up to.
  • Portrait of Raja or Sultan.
  • A man of high rank is contemplating some divine inspiration
  • A man wearing yellow sits on an orange carpet.
  • Man sits between two trees.
  • Z
  • A man eating figs and meditating.
  • Portrait of a nawab.
  • Meditation by yogi in front of flowering trees.
  • Sitting man with spring trees
  • A person of importance
  • A thoughtful man contemplating a spring morning.
  • Sitting on petals
  • King
  • It looks like he is praying or meditating.
  • A man is praying.
  • A yellow turban and spring.
  • Beautiful portrait
  • A fortune teller.
  • Quiet contemplation
  • Accept the Love that has blossomed in my heart.
  • Serious.
  • Meditation
  • Portrait of a very rich man.
  • A man in a saffron robe kneeling in a garden.
  • A man is shown in profile kneeling on a veranda-type area; there are flowering trees in the background.
  • A man praying
  • An oval shaped painting: in profile a bearded man in yellow robes kneels in repose, a sword by his side, behind him a fence and two blossoming trees, in front of him flowers.
  • A man is in a prayer stance, gesticulating, kneeling on a decorative cushion, in profile view.
  • Dull and very simlar to some of the others
  • A nobleman bowwing
  • Man kneeling to make his prayers
  • Man sitting
  • A portrait of a prayer
  • Patience.
  • A penitent man contemplating his lot.
  • Contemplative.
  • Man appers to be gesturing to someone outside the scene
  • Symmetrically constructed, beautifully framed depiction of a man preparing to pray, in a mute but rich color palette.
  • A man is praying/meditating
  • Mogul hanging out.
  • A man praying with large tray!
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • A prince is sitting in the garden at rest.
  • This is a portrait of a maybe a nobel man sitting on his terrace.
  • An image created to honor the man, with surrounding elements telling us something about him.
  • A man kneeling in a garden
  • Surender in time
  • A portrait - perhaps a dedication page?
  • A man gazes thoughtfully at the blossoming trees
  • A prince kneels in contemplation.
  • Someone's thinking
  • In a kind of portrait, a man draped in yellow clothing is kneeling in profile.
  • The prince sits for his portrait.
  • An historical portrait
  • Man contemplating something
  • A portrait of a sultan or prince or lord in an attractive setting
  • Nice flowers. praying to?
  • Platter? check. Napkins? Cups?
  • A man thinking in a garden.
  • Springtime. A man sits on a terasse. Look like he is yealding or negociating.
  • Contemplative flowers looking up

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