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Bilavala Ragini Page from an illustrated Ragamala series Northern India (Rajasthan, Bundi or Kota), ca. 1770-1790 Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Overall: 12 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (32.7 x 20.0 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of Emily Manheim Goldman, 1991.180.8

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

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  •   grand
  • alluring
  • architectural
  • aribian night
  • astronomy
  • banal
  • beautiful
  • book cover
  • boredom
  • boring
  • breeze
  • building
  • calm
  • carpet
  • castle
  • circus
  • clasic
  • color
  • colourful
  • combing
  • concubines
  • conversational
  • cosy
  • court
  • courtesan
  • courtesans
  • courtly
  • culture
  • damaged
  • decorative
  • don't care
  • eh.
  • evening
  • exotic
  • flags
  • formalism
  • fun
  • garden
  • girlfriend
  • gossip
  • hair
  • hangin'
  • happy
  • harem
  • hide
  • india
  • inside
  • ladies
  • lunch
  • lush
  • luxurious
  • luxury
  • marble
  • mirror
  • music
  • musicians
  • needs conservation
  • night
  • old
  • opulent
  • palace
  • parangole
  • peace
  • perspective
  • plane
  • reading
  • red
  • relax
  • relaxing
  • rich
  • ritual
  • royals
  • sacred feminine
  • sceen
  • scratched
  • serene
  • slice of life
  • soft
  • story
  • taj mahal
  • talking
  • temple
  • trapped
  • unclear
  • vilaval
  • waiting
  • want the story
  • white
  • woman
  • women
  • worldly

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

  • anticipation
  • architectural
  • architecture 
  • awesome house
  • beautiful
  • beauty
  • boring
  • calm
  • calmness
  • celebrate
  • celebrating
  • celebrative
  • celestial
  • ceremonial 
  • colorful with contrasts
  • communicating
  • concert
  • contained
  • court
  • courtisanes
  • courtly
  • courtyard
  • customes
  • daily life of a princess
  • damaged
  • dark
  • domestic
  • dressing
  • education
  • energetic
  • enjoying life
  • entertainment
  • ethereal
  • everyday life
  • exotic
  • expectant
  • explorative
  • feminine
  • formal
  • getting ready
  • group of women
  • happy
  • harmony
  • historical
  • home
  • india
  • indulgance
  • informative
  • inside
  • interior
  • intimate
  • intricate
  • intrigant
  • ladies in waiting
  • langorous
  • lazy
  • learning
  • leisure
  • liming
  • love
  • lovely
  • lure
  • luxe
  • luxury
  • lyrical
  • majestic
  • makeup
  • meeting
  • melodic
  • mirror
  • music
  • music & relaxation
  • musical
  • muted
  • narrative
  • night
  • objection
  • okay
  • one dimensional
  • palace
  • pampering
  • peaceful
  • personal moments
  • playful
  • pray
  • preparing
  • prepartion
  • primping in the castle
  • ragamala
  • relax
  • relaxation
  • relaxed
  • relaxing
  • romantic
  • royal
  • sedate
  • self centered
  • sensual
  • serene
  • servitude
  • sexual
  • social
  • stately
  • story
  • stultifying
  • stylized
  • sultry
  • symmetrical
  • toilette
  • tranquil
  • tribute
  • vain
  • vanity
  • wealth
  • womans
  • women
  • work

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • blue
  • brick red
  • burgandy
  • burgundy
  • cream   white
  • dark red
  • ecru
  • gold
  • i can't see the painting
  • ivory
  • light grey
  • maroon
  • navy
  • orange
  • orange red
  • pink
  • red
  • red oxide
  • reddish brown
  • siena
  • white
  • white building ....but red frame overpowers everything
  • yellow

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • three
  • three plus reflection
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 200

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • Ladies in the boudoir.
  • Warm summer nights and Indian perfume.
  • Women (?) in an ornate but enclosed space enjoying leisure time together.
  • Court musicians
  • In a palace, one woman does her hair while another holds a mirror for her and another plays an instrument.
  • The Boudoir.
  • Looking pretty in the raj's palace.
  • Interesting night time gathering of women at a temple.
  • Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the prettiest of them all.
  • A rich woman primps in front of a mirror with the help of her maidservant.
  • Inside the palace entertaining a woman.
  • A slightly static court scene as lady prepares for return of lover.
  • The women are gossiping and hanging out.
  • Asdf
  • A palace with muscians
  • A woman grooms/prepares herself as one servant holds up a mirror and another plays an instrument.
  • Grooming, a court scene.
  • A lady in her toilette primps while another holds the mirror and the third plays music.
  • A woman looks at herself in a mirror while her lady in waiting plays some music
  • Maidens lounging in luxurious palace.
  • Fireworks and a didgeridoo.
  • Primping while my servants play music.
  • Royal girl educated at the palace by attending servant-teachers.
  • Women in a palace with a musician playing nearby.
  • On a cool calm evening, two females gossip.
  • Mirror, mirror, tell me who is the most beautiful?
  • Girl time yo
  • Listen well as I tell my stories.
  • A pretty young girls enjoys her own image in a mirror while being entertained by her lady in the confines of her palace.
  • A princess prepares her body to meet their suitors
  • Getting ready to go out and dance the night away...
  • Ladies in waiting, primping themselves
  • Harem at rest
  • Play
  • Two wealthy young women are entertained by a slave playing a musical instrument.
  • Another average persian inspired miniature of ladies indulging in nice activities
  • Musicmakers
  • In a courtyard
  • Ladies relaxing
  • Two women talking
  • Fixing her hair
  • A woman is preparing herself for a night with her lover and her woman servant is holding the mirror for her.
  • A noble woman primping
  • Two female musicians performing at a palatial home or monastery for a woman, or possibly a man, or maybe that person's singing or dancing.
  • A queen or diety being entertained by her servants.
  • A princess, dressing and combing her hair in her boudoir, is attended by her personal maid and a female court musician.
  • A woman being entertained by palace workers
  • One woman is showing a painting (reading a book?) to another woman.
  • Two women getting dressed up for a special occasion
  • Musicians
  • This mogul miniature shows three court women who appear to be playing instruments in a palace.
  • Music lives within the heart...
  • This seems like a generic domestic scene.
  • In the harem
  • Important woman
  • The girls having fun at home
  • Women of royalty are enjoying an evening of gossip and music in the courtyard.
  • The subtle art of beauty at the palace
  • Entertaining royalty
  • Two women studying a book with another playing an instrument nearby.
  • Beutifully
  • Evening preparations.
  • Religious charming
  • Life for women inside palace
  • Nothing special
  • Women are playing musical instruments to entertain the lady of the house.
  • Palace
  • A woman fixes her hair while attendants hold a mirror for her and play courtly music
  • A royal lady is getting read and doing her hair and her maid servants are helping her
  • Three women sitting outside.
  • Three women sit in the courtyard of a palace...it seems one is possibly being taught to sing.
  • Court ladies in Purdah. Rajasthani?
  • Females of riches
  • Women play music in the courtyard of a palace at night.
  • This is filled with an interest and appreciation of beauty.
  • Z
  • Seated women
  • Women prepare for their day.
  • Domestic scene of two women conversing while another with flute looks in on them.
  • Making music within a palace.
  • A haram
  • A life of luxury
  • Lot of activity going on under the moonlight
  • Woman's activities in palace.
  • The lonely women dress themselves and dream of marriage.
  • Woman admiring herself in a mirror held by another while listening to music played by a third woman
  • Noble woman getting ready, assisted by maid and musician.
  • Playing music
  • Two female servants are assisting a noblewoman with her toilet; one holds a mirror, and the other plays on a harp-like instrument.
  • Court entertaining princess as she dresses in mirror
  • A maid attends to her princess within the palace while another woman plays music.
  • Two wealthy ladies are sitting in a sumptuous palace applying their makeup while an attendant plays a musical instrument.
  • Courtyard singing
  • Two women relax, sitting in the courtyard of an elaborate building, while a third woman plays music for the woman gazing in a mirror
  • A harem in a palacial palace.
  • Her majesty admiring her own beauty
  • Descriptive
  • Friend are playing music
  • Servants entertaining for the palace
  • Two chicks making sure they look fly as hell.
  • Palace pasttimes
  • Court scene with musician, possibly erotic (is she touching herself?)
  • Palace scene with princess, musician
  • Ladies sitting in a Mughal courtyard.
  • ????
  • The women are getting up in the morning and brushing their hair.
  • Rich lady and her servants.
  • This is a representation of life in the court of a kingdom in India.
  • Joyfull sunday
  • Two women get gussied up for a night out on the town while being serenaded by music.
  • I am curious about the sounds produced by these instruments.
  • Music on a day of rejoicing.
  • Woman talking in presence of a muscian
  • A depiction of everyday life for a woman of wealth
  • A personal music performance
  • 2 friends reading
  • Noble woman grooming while a servant holds mirror for her and another plays an instrument.
  • A woman arranges her hair in a mirror held by another woman.
  • Two ladies at getting ready while a third plays an instrument.
  • Ladies primping while a servant plays music.
  • It looks like women awaiting the arrival of a deity.
  • Her friend shows her pictures, but she is distracted by music coming from the courtyard.
  • Night time in cairo.
  • Dream
  • Three girls enjoy some downtime while the sun shines in the night sky.
  • The princess looks at herself in a mirror held by a servant while another servant plays music
  • Playing music, hanging out
  • Women's court.
  • There's a story here.
  • In an intriguing use of perspective, we see both the inside and outside of a house where a woman prepares herself with the help of another who holds a mirror and another who plays an instrument.
  • It's a domestic, maybe educational scene.
  • A princess is attended by a maid and musician while she gets ready for the prince.
  • A princess at her toilette.
  • Three princesses playing music togther
  • Preparing beauty
  • Two women at toilette with femals musician.
  • Two handmaids are reading and making music for their mistress.
  • 3 beautiful women playing inside of a beautiful palace.
  • In a palace a woman is preparing herself in front of a mirror held by another woman, in the garden in front of the palace a third woman plays music. It´s night.

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