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Amr, Disguised as Mazmahil the Surgeon, Practices Quackery on the Sorcerers of Antali Folio from an illustrated Hamza-Nama series Northern India (Mughal school), 1557-1572 Opaque watercolor and gold on cloth and ink on paper Overall: 31 x 25 in. (78.7 x 63.5 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Caroline H. Polhemus Fund, 24.49

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

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  • action
  • active
  • awesome
  • babes
  • beautiful
  • bold
  • breughel
  • bright
  • bruegel
  • bustle
  • busy
  • butts
  • castle
  • ceremony
  • chaos
  • chaotic
  • children
  • city
  • clutter
  • colorful
  • colourful
  • communal
  • community
  • community life
  • complex
  • composition
  • compressed space
  • conflict
  • confusing
  • courtly
  • crowd
  • crowded
  • daily life
  • detail
  • detailed
  • domestic
  • dynamism
  • enclosure
  • family
  • fatty
  • fighting
  • giotto
  • golden
  • hamzanama
  • healer
  • hell
  • hierarchy
  • hieronymus bosch
  • hortus conclusus
  • hustle
  • india
  • intricate
  • jello
  • jumbled
  • keep
  • king
  • life
  • lippi
  • love
  • market
  • mayhem
  • meeting
  • melee
  • messy
  • moghul miniature
  • orgy
  • overwhelming
  • palace
  • palace life
  • party
  • perspective
  • pit
  • powerful
  • rape
  • razanama
  • rich
  • rocks
  • society
  • structure
  • symbollic
  • tangle
  • tangled bodies
  • tumbling narrative
  • vibrant
  • village
  • war
  • where's gupta

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

  • active
  • adjudication
  • affair
  • another story
  • anxious
  • birth
  • busy
  • busy and full
  • celebration 
  • chaos
  • chaotic
  • city
  • city bustle
  • city scene
  • common
  • community
  • complex
  • complicated
  • conflict
  • confused
  • confusion
  • congested
  • court scenes
  • crowd
  • crowded
  • decisions!
  • distressed
  • domestic
  • energetic
  • eventful
  • family
  • fancy
  • fecund
  • festive
  • fighting
  • full
  • fun
  • gathering
  • graphic
  • gregarious
  • hazanama
  • heavy
  • historic
  • hooro vacui
  • horror vacui
  • indo breughel
  • inside the city walls
  • intense
  • interesting
  • joyful
  • jubilation
  • jumbled
  • layered
  • life
  • lively
  • multiple stories
  • multitasking
  • narrative
  • nice
  • normal
  • offering
  • organic
  • orgy
  • palace
  • party
  • party?
  • peasants
  • politics
  • relationships
  • rich
  • rich full
  • scary
  • sexy
  • social
  • story
  • storyline
  • strife
  • unrest
  • verandah
  • vibrant
  • village
  • vivacious
  • war
  • warm
  • wise

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • [ink
  • beige
  • black
  • blue
  • blush
  • brown
  • dark pink
  • deep rose
  • gold flesh tones
  • grey
  • ink
  • lavendar
  • lavender
  • mauve
  • note sure
  • orange
  • peach
  • pink
  • pink red
  • pink skin tone
  • pinkish
  • pinkish tan
  • pinks
  • pinky
  • purple
  • red
  • red orange
  • red pink
  • reds
  • rich red
  • rose
  • rose pink
  • tan
  • tinted limited palette
  • tones of muted reds puncuated with some pure hues
  • violet
  • yellow

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • 12ish
  • Ten
  • fourteen
  • infinite
  • lots
  • nineteen
  • several
  • this is ridiculous!
  • too many
  • twenty
  • twenty five
  • 4
  • 5
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15?
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 28
  • 30
  • 45

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • Village scene of Indian life.
  • Genre scene at a basar with families, merchants and visitors showing lovers, illness and gambling activities.
  • A richly detailed scene of life within the confines of a compund or city that reminds me of medieval manuscript illuminations.
  • In the courtyard of a fortified castle, the local population gathers to watch a theft being captured and bagged.
  • A man in a white turban grasps a darker skinned mans arm set against a crowd of interlocking figures in a walled city.
  • This man is begging for something from the other man's family.
  • There are a lot of people, some kind of struggle; hard to see what exactly is going on here.
  • A large party in a courtyard
  • Ruler or noble receiving a family in trouble
  • Simplified colors create a rich scene of daily life.
  • This is a work that I would describe as horror vacui--a narrative scene that brings the eye in and around the painting with many detailed scenes that completely fill the space.
  • Quarrel between old man and young lord in a palace amidst women and children
  • Arm wrestling, slightly off-center
  • This is the court of a powerful Asian nobleman.
  • Sick man being visited by doctor.
  • People of the town engage in revelry while subjects at the bottom perform the arduous tasks of keeping things moving in the society.
  • Textured, interesting, keeps me looking
  • What goes on in a day at the castle.
  • Palace scene depicting typical life.
  • Healing in town square
  • Narrative scene in a palace
  • Orgy!
  • Possibly a medicine man, but too small to tell for sure.
  • Townspeople fight over who will take the biggest cuts in the town budget.
  • View of the courtyard of a powerful man's encampment as he receives guests surrounded by servants and slaves.
  • Busy scene in a courtyard.
  • Family gathering
  • I can't really zoom in to see what's going on, but it looks like some people are ill and some are in love, or raising kids.
  • Visitors are in the courtyard.
  • Don't worry about the party ending too soon; the giant mutated chicken parts will never fit through the castle gates.
  • The scene is hectic
  • Colorful
  • Complete chaos -- life in the palace
  • A doctor is taking care of patients.
  • A scene of walled palace life.
  • Men are harming women and children
  • Buzzy
  • I sdee a busy scene at court.
  • Scene in a court.
  • Celebration
  • Could be compared to some of the medieval frescos depicting the gospels. interesting perspective - architecture, foliage, and life within the walls of the city.
  • King or higher power's family befriending a local magician man.
  • Lots of people engaged in domestic activities.
  • Too small. I can't see it.
  • It looks like there is some kind of struggle going on here.
  • The scene shows a prince is surrounded by his court, which is dressed in opulent colors, but a poor traveler walks past the palace.
  • A kind or physician applying healing hands or blessing to a sick person in a public ceremony of healing
  • This is a busy people filled painting with lots of round shapes.
  • Chaos within a courtyard, possibly under siege.
  • A city.
  • It looks like it is depicting a variety of activities that would be going on inside the household.
  • Multi layers of incredible color.
  • Village courtyard life
  • Hard to see because it's small on my screen, but looks tumultuous... men fighting, women protecting children
  • Marauders interrupt activities at a brothel.
  • Overwhelming! Like being in Times Square.
  • Pairs of people, seeming concerned, maybe seeing a doctor, on the roof of a raised structure- maybe a palace?
  • Two important men are talking at 'court' while others go about their business (including a half naked man skulking in the foreground)
  • A day in the life of the villagers...
  • Courtesans doing something inside palace walls.
  • Gkfg,h
  • A very busy scene with lots of people and a horse.
  • Courtly decadence
  • How much can we describe in a moment
  • Some sort of disturbance occurs in a walled city.
  • Could be a noble household or perhaps a physician
  • Less interesting and too busy for my taste
  • A tale is being told.
  • Life scene, with arguments, love
  • A family gathering or festival occurs inside the gates of what appears to be a palace.
  • Party time with guests from elsewhere.
  • Royal court
  • A community on a terrace. Life.
  • A crowded bazaar scene inside the city walls.
  • Violent scene taking place within city walls.
  • Everyday life in a family/ courtyard of home
  • Debauchery and carrrying on in a desultory manner.
  • Crowded scene
  • Courtyard scene.
  • Courtyard pandemonium.
  • Dark skinned person is being presented to a high ranking man surrounded by attendants, in a beautiful setting. Cannot see enough details!!!
  • People gathering
  • Change is coming to the city and it looks violent
  • The differences between what goes on inside the walls compared to what goes on outside.
  • Life inside the walls of the palace
  • Behind the wall of town/ place, a bearded man in orange and white robes takes the hand of another man; all around them are men and women and children.
  • Life in the city
  • This is a very cluttered scene, providing a birds' eye view of small town life whereby families are lively interacting.
  • Detailed
  • Busy
  • A scene showing what is going on within the walls of the city
  • I think it depicts a healer and a number of people waiting to see him
  • Old fashioned family arm wrestling day.
  • Turmoil between two tribes is being depicted and the chaos that is emerging from their actions.
  • Safe inside
  • Scene depicting many events of life in a palace.
  • Confusing....
  • Sickness?
  • A lot going on
  • Busy, cant tell whats going on
  • An out door festival.
  • Orgiastic, intriguing
  • This looks like a picture of a royal court or public area.
  • A confusion of courtly communion.
  • Multi layered history painting
  • A party of some kind, but danger lurks at the gate.
  • A big group
  • From the same book as the battle sequence, this scene shows a crowded courtyard.
  • Community, fertility, closed off.
  • A complicated scene of acrimony & upheaval.
  • People coming to a "healer" to help with their sick family members.
  • Tragedy
  • I'd call it an orgy, but there are children there. How creepy.
  • Slave is being punished by master; others are frightened.
  • Love
  • Family gathering.
  • Some kind of conflict appears to be going on between darker and lighter skinned people
  • She would rather negotiate with an alley cat.
  • The full household is represented in the courtyard.
  • Life at the palace
  • Fascinating in its abundance of color and in its meticulous drawing and pen or brushwork.
  • Interior scene with a man receiving medical attention while his family looks on.
  • A right in a castle over a pregnant woman
  • A kingdom with conflict, breaking apart
  • A disturbing visual poem.
  • Townspeople coming to ask questions of a lord type figure.
  • Family
  • A man is sourrounded by people spending healing and comfort to an old man.
  • A chaotic scene in an important house and there might be some conflict.

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