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Krishna and Balarama on Their way to Mathura Page from an illustrated manuscript of the Bhagavata Purana Northern India (Punjab Hills, Bilaspur), ca. 1725 Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Overall: 9 1/2 x 12 in. (24.1 x 30.5 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Manheim, 69.125.4

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

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  • announcement
  • arrival
  • baptism
  • bath
  • bath party
  • bathe
  • bathers
  • bathing
  • beautiful
  • blue
  • blurry
  • busy
  • caravan 
  • celebration
  • ceremony
  • chaotic
  • community gathering
  • complex
  • concert
  • condition
  • confusing
  • cool
  • counsel
  • court
  • creepy
  • crowded
  • curious
  • damaged
  • dark
  • death
  • dispair
  • dull
  • dunno
  • event
  • fanfare
  • foggy
  • fun
  • ganges
  • good news
  • harken
  • horn
  • intriguing
  • joy
  • joyful
  • joyous
  • kings
  • krishna
  • lively
  • male
  • meeting
  • messy
  • muddled
  • music
  • nature
  • night
  • nude
  • parade
  • party
  • pattern
  • picnic
  • procession
  • ptary 
  • public
  • purification
  • rain
  • rainy
  • red
  • regal
  • religion
  • religious
  • ritual
  • river
  • sky
  • song
  • storm
  • stormy
  • story
  • stream
  • swim
  • swimming
  • swirls
  • teaching
  • the dead
  • translucence
  • transparent
  • tree
  • trees
  • triumph
  • trumpet
  • vibrant
  • washed out colors
  • water
  • worn
  • worship

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

  • aggressive
  • alert
  • ambassadors
  • announcement
  • anticipation
  • atmospheric
  • baptism
  • basic
  • bilaspur
  • bleak
  • blowing the shofar
  • busy
  • busy with activity
  • celebration
  • celebratory
  • ceremonious
  • ceremony
  • chaotic
  • clarion call
  • cleaning
  • cleansing
  • community
  • complex
  • confrontation
  • contemplative
  • contrast
  • cool
  • crowded
  • devotion
  • dramatic
  • dreary
  • dynamic
  • entertainment
  • epic
  • excellent composition...
  • exhaltation
  • exotic
  • family
  • fanfare
  • fast
  • festive
  • fight
  • flourish
  • frolicsome
  • games.
  • gather
  • great
  • group
  • haint
  • happy
  • harken
  • interesting
  • intriguing
  • joyful
  • liquid
  • lively
  • luxurious
  • meeting
  • men's circle
  • messy
  • mistic
  • musical
  • mysterious
  • mystery
  • mystical
  • mythology
  • narration
  • narrative
  • not sure
  • nutty
  • old
  • parade
  • parade?
  • party
  • picnic
  • playful
  • pomp
  • pooja festival
  • prayer
  • praying for rain
  • procession
  • purification
  • rain
  • relaxing
  • religious ceremony
  • representation
  • ritual
  • riverside
  • sneak attack
  • sneaking
  • spectacular
  • spiritual
  • storm
  • stormy
  • story
  • story telling
  • storytelling
  • straightforward
  • strange
  • summer
  • swimming
  • swimminghole
  • tamasha
  • tribute
  • triumph
  • triumphant
  • trumpet
  • vivid
  • warlike
  • warm
  • water ritual
  • watery
  • wet
  • world

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • black
  • blue
  • blue black
  • blue green
  • blues
  • brown
  • burgundy
  • color of people's cloth
  • dark blue black
  • dark gray
  • dark green
  • dark grey
  • gray
  • gray blue
  • gray green
  • grayish brown
  • green
  • green blue
  • grey
  • grey blue
  • grey brown
  • indigo
  • midnight blue
  • mustard
  • none
  • orange
  • prussian blue
  • red
  • red and dark grey blue
  • red orange
  • reddish brown
  • reds oranges
  • rust
  • who cares???!!!
  • yellow orange

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • a bunch
  • about 20
  • at least 17
  • eighteen
  • fifteen
  • many
  • twenty-one
  • 5
  • 10
  • 12
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • Town folks are celebrating Harvest day along the water
  • A processional (?) encounters a group of men dining and relaxing by the side of a river while another group appears to be playing a game in the water.
  • Worn painting but like the water effect
  • Cleansing in the river?
  • Monks with crowd and bathers in river.
  • Worshippers bathe in the holy river, while on shore the gods relax and trumpets resound.
  • Outdoor scene showing large party beneath trees along river bank.
  • People celebrate, play music and provide offerings to three seated men.
  • A large group of people gather by a river, and some seem to be selling earthenware.
  • By the shore of the river, a trumpeter sounds his horn.
  • People in/at the river
  • River bathing
  • A spray of foliage lightly canopies Krishna and his crowd as some male devotes seem to bathe in the foreground.
  • Too small to see.
  • It appears to be a scene involving celebration or worship.
  • It looks like a scene from a larger narrative story, where a group of people have been stopped on their way somewhere, or stopped to speak to the three men sitting on the left.
  • Akrura has vision of Krisna and Balarama in river ont he way to Mathura with the two.
  • Down by the river with swimmers and a gathering of an entourage.
  • Dancing in the water
  • Ceremonial bathing with a fairly large group along the bank of a river.
  • Bathers, onlookers, trumpeter.
  • The river gods annual visit and homage
  • Gathering by the river
  • Celebration by the riverside with offerings.
  • Ritual bath scene to stimulate fertility?
  • Too small on screen to see details. Love the swimmers partly submerged in water. What is happening and why?
  • Men swimming as part of a religious ceremony
  • A naive painting, seemingly a local festivity
  • Nobles make a triumphant progress to the rivers edge.
  • The court comes to meet with the monks.
  • Crowd honoring the trio of revered monks on the left.
  • Ceremony at the river
  • A celebration scene, mix cultures
  • A royal procession visits sages by a river.
  • Picnic
  • A royal procession gathers at the banks of a river to watch people playing a ball game in the water.
  • A man is heralding a procession.
  • Royalty entertained by musicians and courtiers.
  • I blew my horn and alla sudden, these mermen emerged from the deeps to interrupt our picnic.
  • Men on different levels. not sure what the ones on top level are doing. someone has horn, and maybe a drum.
  • A depiction of a battle.
  • Some sort of event with eating, music, and people in the water.
  • A purifying ceremony, the people in the river are ritualistically bathing or perhaps even ghosts
  • The meeting with the enlightened
  • No clue
  • No idea but maybe something involving the dead and trumpets.
  • Something important is happening by a river.
  • An outdoor celebration or motivational gathering with people of several classes and functions, some swimming, some making offerings to others, one blowing a large horn.
  • Krishna observing a group of monks bathing
  • A momeny in history
  • The court attends a water polo match, playing music
  • Bathers and musicians gather under an alarming sky.
  • Ceremony of some kind , like some sort of baptism
  • This looks like some kind of sport going on in the water because of the people and the man holding the ball and the people watching and eating.
  • Tribe informing the small group of something.
  • Announcement
  • Procession
  • It seems to tell a story of a day out, perhaps a gathering along the river, it seems important.
  • A meeting of the minds
  • Monks and potential devotees
  • A troupe of wanderers have traveled long distances to meet spiritual gurus in their safe haven.
  • Summer day parade
  • A great cleansing.
  • Dark and brooding.
  • A ceremony of some sort, with a large procession of supporters, three people leading the ceremony, and four individuals in water who seem to be the subject.
  • Serenading important prophet.
  • Two groups of musicians plays (with a crowd of onlookers) while men bathe in a river
  • Searching for something
  • A group of people having a celebration by a river, while some swim in it.
  • Calling the water spirits
  • Celibrity
  • Indian picnic for local celebrity
  • Looks like people vs religious figures to me. people in the water? might indicate sacred space
  • Narrative
  • It appears to be a religious ceremony of some sort or a celebration.
  • A community is gathered by a river. Some are bathing. The non-bathers seem to be announcing something with a trumpet blast.
  • Ram and Lakshman given dan to ascetics.
  • A ceremony is taking place beside the river.
  • In a river which may be the Ganges, people bathe, while a procession arrives and a sage and his students sit by.
  • A trip to the countryside
  • Coming to worship
  • Busy feast
  • Water nymphs lurk while trumpeters herald the arrival of an important person.
  • MEN SWIMMING
  • Swimming while others watch.
  • Life in our village
  • Budhha is visited by a water-polo team and and the royal family simultaneously.
  • This presents a collection of curious caricatures.
  • Royal ceremony
  • A procession.
  • Holy man receiving a visit from Krishna (?)
  • Holy men bathe in the sacred river.
  • Visitng seated figures
  • Bathing musical call
  • There are trees and people.
  • A crowd gatehrs by a river while one man plays a horn.
  • Huge celebration, with music, water volleyball and a picnic, with an audience of the general public and the local prince/king and queen in the cart in the background.
  • Countryside tableau of many persons grouped around horn player and others apparently under the waters of a dark river
  • Aristocrats bathing.
  • Bathing to tunes
  • Bathing
  • Religious ceremony is happening with folks cleansing in the water, the faithful lined up to see the priest who sit over on the left between the trees.
  • Gathering beside the river.
  • A holy ceremony on the banks of the ganges.
  • They men are watching a game and many are waiting for the results as they announce the start .
  • This is a picnic scene.
  • This appears to be a religious ceremony or celebration.
  • Religious cleansing
  • People swimming an men anouncing.
  • There is a celebration is occuring
  • A meeting of two tribes or cultures with offerings
  • Young men swimming
  • Interesting
  • Culture
  • Rituals, people worshipping gods
  • Looks like a ceremony going on.
  • A party or ritual ceremony
  • An Emperor and his sons meet for an elaborate meal as curious onlookers bring offerings and celebrate their presence.
  • Hunting party camping/swimming/picknicking
  • A religious ceremony by the river, complete with music.
  • Swimming in the Ganges by moonlight.
  • A crowded depiction of a balance of power, an important event taking place.
  • A party by the river
  • This looks like a story of a group gathering and some people bathing.
  • Water sports
  • The meeting of two groups unknown to one another
  • A horn player announces the arrival of a god/ruler to a group of three seated below a tree while four figures swim in the river in the foreground.
  • People swimming in a river, while a crowd listens to an official announcement on the bank.
  • Parade of official
  • It's a religious ceremony.
  • Celebration
  • Paying ones dues
  • Someone important arriving by the bank of a river where people are swimming and eating
  • An ascetic picnic is disrupted by the blast of a really big horn, the arrival of a god in an oxcart, and a ball game taking place in the river.
  • Party on the riverbank!
  • Confrontation between two tribes.
  • A cleansing ceremony taken place along the river bend.
  • This piece is too busy with subjects, and too mediocre in composition and use of color, to hold great appeal.
  • There is a festival at the river bank.
  • A group of people paying tribute to a monk under a willow tree
  • Ritual bathers and musicians frolic by the Ganges.
  • The conflict of man with nature.
  • A celebration
  • People celebrating.
  • The river ritual is an important ceremony.
  • Visitation

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