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Double-sided Leaf from a Chandana Malayaqiri Varta Series Ascribed to the artists Karam and Mahata Chandji Northern India (Rajasthan, Marwar), 1745 Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Overall: 11 3/8 x 7 7/8 in. (28.9 x 20.0 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Manheim, 69.125.5

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

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  • aladin
  • animal
  • apartments
  • architecture
  • beauty
  • border
  • boring
  • building
  • business
  • busy
  • castle
  • city
  • city life
  • civilization
  • class
  • classic
  • clutter
  • colorful
  • columns
  • complexity
  • complicated
  • composition
  • confution
  • court
  • courtyard
  • crowd
  • design
  • detail
  • dictate
  • doing
  • durbar
  • elephant
  • emptiness
  • esher
  • family
  • feudal
  • flat
  • flower
  • full
  • fun
  • heirarchy
  • hill
  • historic
  • history
  • hmm
  • home
  • house
  • illuminated
  • informative
  • intricate
  • intriguing
  • islam
  • jolly  (not jali)
  • king
  • legoland
  • levels
  • life
  • life inside
  • manuscript
  • masculinity
  • maze
  • muddled
  • mughal
  • multi layered
  • multi view
  • musical
  • musicians
  • narrative
  • normal
  • orderly
  • ornate
  • palace
  • panels
  • pattern 
  • peaceful
  • perspective
  • rajput
  • red
  • regal
  • religion
  • rounded
  • royal
  • royalty
  • russian icons
  • script
  • stacked
  • storied
  • story
  • storyboard
  • storytelling
  • text
  • tiered
  • tower
  • town
  • tubes
  • unsoophisticated
  • vibrant
  • wanity
  • white
  • worship

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

  • adventure 
  • authority
  • beautiful
  • bold
  • boring
  • busy
  • charming
  • city
  • city life
  • cluttered
  • community
  • compartmentalized
  • complex
  • contemplative
  • conversational
  • court
  • court scene
  • courtly
  • depth
  • design
  • discussion
  • domestic
  • elegant
  • everyday life
  • expressions
  • fable
  • folk
  • fun
  • gifts and rewards
  • happy
  • hierachy
  • hierarchy
  • higgledy
  • historical
  • history
  • house
  • interesting composition and juxtaposition
  • intricate
  • intriging
  • intriguing
  • k
  • kingdom
  • layered
  • layered time
  • legend spiritual
  • life
  • lifestyle
  • light
  • lively
  • loud
  • manly
  • melo
  • moody
  • more crowded
  • mugal
  • multifaceted
  • mystery
  • mystic
  • narrative
  • novel
  • palace
  • partitioned
  • playful
  • political
  • politics
  • pompous
  • praise
  • precarious
  • preparation 
  • quaint
  • rajah
  • red
  • regal
  • relating
  • respects
  • reverence
  • routine
  • royal
  • royalty
  • sage
  • scenes of daily life
  • serene
  • serious
  • shahs
  • society
  • soldier
  • solid
  • space
  • spiritual
  • stories
  • story
  • story telling
  • storyline
  • striking
  • temple
  • tense
  • the house
  • the life of royalty
  • the search
  • traditional
  • tranquil 
  • turkish
  • undefined
  • verticalism
  • vibrant
  • white
  • worship

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • beige
  • beige ish
  • biege
  • black
  • blue
  • brown
  • buff
  • burnt red
  • coral
  • cream
  • dark orange
  • gold
  • gold greenish
  • light orange
  • light tan or beige
  • none
  • ocher
  • ochre
  • orange
  • pinkish tan
  • pumpkin
  • red
  • red orange tones
  • rust
  • sand
  • sandy
  • tan
  • tan salmon
  • tans
  • taupe
  • the red interiors spotlight the action
  • there is no dominant color
  • various forms of beige
  • warm beige
  • white
  • yellow
  • yellow?
  • 2

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • 2 elephants 9 people two horses
  • 7 figures, 3 animals, one statue
  • 8 plus animals
  • 8? and 3? animals
  • Eleven
  • Seven. Seems the all brown figure in yoga posture is a statue.
  • eight
  • seven
  • ten
  • too many
  • 4
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 20
  • 45

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • Village scene (wealthy)
  • Narrative painting...
  • Men coming in respect to a royal, religious activities
  • Fun
  • Interactions
  • Genre scene of a king showing his daily activities throughout the day.
  • Decorative pattern
  • The ruler and his court
  • Life in a capitol city, a ruler on his thrown a deity worshiped a lady in waiting and animals in a stable.
  • People are coming to pay homage.
  • Palace scene with multilayered architecture including interior views of royal life and animals at gate; script below.
  • Audience with the rajah and upset elephant
  • The ongoings of a town.
  • Ruler receiving people in his palace
  • This painting combines the depth of post-Italianate styles with the architectural interior/exterior voyerism of the chaurapantashika (sp?).
  • There is chaos and confusion in the many rooms of the house.
  • A lot is happening.
  • Elefant or horse?
  • A multi-level interior/exterior scene.
  • Subject visiting a dignitary.
  • Ancient city of intrigue and commerce
  • Storyboard
  • Collage of Rajput Royal life
  • Asking the ruler for a favor
  • Scenes from the court of the royal family
  • Ambassadors attend the prince
  • Daily activity at the palace
  • Very layered with many stories.
  • In a royal palace, men confer with princes and gods.
  • An illustration of the King's doings about the palace.
  • A day in the kings court
  • Busy
  • A group of people playing instruments and praying.
  • A general city scene where we can see inside each of the houses, probably narrative language at the bottom.
  • Living in an apartment building has less desirable moments, particularly when the elephant stables are on the ground floor.
  • Another story in a signle panel.
  • A single frame in which many stories are taking place all at the same time, like a story book in a single page, that at the same time is wonderful balance of colors and linework moving the viewer around the panel.
  • Visiting a shrine and bringing offerings.
  • A king is holding an audience in his castle.
  • Like a book of hours the life cycle of our protagonist is conveyed in simple images drawn in highly complex patterns
  • An illuminated manuscript-type thing showing scenes from a historical or mythological story.
  • Various activities in a compound
  • Palast with people and animals
  • Audience.
  • This scene looks like people worshiping.
  • Deep contrasting colors tell a multiframed story.
  • Depth, complexity, hierarchy.
  • Life in these here walls
  • City life
  • Noblemen in their palace.
  • The story of how someone became king and now enjoys flower
  • This painting shows several events during the visit of a man in a pink robe, and his companion, to a nobleman's home.
  • Multiple palace scenes in a tiered composition with two horses and an elephant at the door on the bottom, a male figure on a throne with two attending figures, and two figures surrounding a small shrine.
  • People in yuors house
  • A powerfull man
  • Powerful, presumably a narrative
  • A lively bright city scape.
  • Worshipping men surrounded by flowered border
  • A day in the life of the royal court.
  • Unlikely alliance between world's smallest elephant and ceremonial horses leads to city's downfall
  • A series of sumptuous scenes were taking place near the Tokapi Palace in Turkey
  • A scene from a royal palace
  • Muslim and Hindu worlds colliding
  • A King sits in his castle and servants stand waiting.
  • Culturally insular- needs decifering
  • In a palace an important personage is visited by two councilors while elsewhere many other people go about their business, and horses and elephants are readied.
  • A multi panel court and temple scene
  • People worshipping king and idols.
  • Role of the male in paying respect to deity and political figures
  • Life depicted in a palace compound
  • Many stories, mostly about men.
  • A lord and his castle
  • Kids drawing
  • Royal life
  • Long perspective view of a palace.
  • The story of Jodha and Akbar
  • Formal court scene
  • This is an interesting depiction of someone's palace, and I want to know more about the details.
  • A city scene depicting an important man, artisans, a guard and some animals.
  • A day in the life of King What's-his-name.
  • People making offerings to the king and to a seated god.
  • Two men sitting before a figure on throne with other scenes of worship and of animals.
  • Story layers.
  • A day in the life of the palace
  • Elephant and hosres wait while others visit
  • A house of activity
  • Typical rajasthani palace
  • This looks like how India feels, crowded and busy and colorful. I like the little towers in the reflecting pool. Looks like govt. officials meeting with a chief, some religious ritual, and the horses and elephant parked outside the gate with the guy in the guard booth.
  • Palace life.
  • This scene depicts courtly life: an audience w/ a king or other noble, prayer, and the possession of valuable elephants and horses.
  • It looks as though the artist has tried to include multiple views and angles in a single frame.
  • A busy palace
  • A small city with different people doing different activites
  • Inside the walls of a palace, two visitors address a man of power; in another two men stand in front of a religious statue.
  • This appears in the style of an illuminated manuscript, with vegetal patterns bordering the scene and content being subdivided into a grid.
  • History of mughal
  • Very full with a lot going on
  • A really confusing scene probably full of simbolical values
  • Average day at the palace.
  • City
  • Hierarchies
  • This image depicts the inside of a castle and includes the gateway, people praying, and an emperor of some sort.
  • Life in a palace
  • A tapestry depicting religious life
  • Complex scene of life in a temple or palace, with petitioners approaching the ruler, people worshiping a god and a woman(?) sitting all along in a kiosk; love the elephant
  • Storytelling
  • In the center, worshippers in front of a holy man(?) and scenes of buildings and animals.
  • A dark color, high contrast multilevel painting, possibly standard style, includes text and decorative framing.
  • Scene in a mansion where some men are praying and some are hanging out with the owner.
  • A story of 2 men.
  • Two men visiting a king; two others worshipping an idol, elaborate floral border with interesting calligraphy underneath. Flat forms, no perspective.
  • A man of distinction is relaxing in his palace and being entertained. Other members of his household consult a god for advice and his animals are kept in a stable and looked over.
  • There seems to be a combination of working spaces and worshp spaces.
  • A depiction of everyday life in a particular city or locale
  • A king and servants
  • Sultan describing his asserts
  • Seekers of advice, consulting regal and spiritual sources; power v. spirit.
  • Royalty, power, and money.
  • I love this because there is an elephant in a hat in the lower right segment of the panel. This looks like a story of the Sultan's awesomeness.
  • The king and his subjects go about their business in the castle.
  • Depicting hierarchy
  • View into private estate showing people and animals
  • Two different sides can discuss for conclusions
  • Two worshipers worship, two courtiers court and a man takes care of an elephant and two horses
  • Two important men are visiting
  • The bold colorization and intriguing composition, with its varied elements all carefully framed within an attractive border, immediately draw the viewer into this work.
  • Two advisers meet with the King while life in the palace continues.
  • Details the story of one who traveled far, sought advice, and eventually came to Ganesh
  • Visual dialogue of different personalities.
  • A prince holding court and other views into other parts of the palace
  • Interior of palace.
  • A day in the life of...
  • A painting showing the beauty and importance of a palace, with the Maharaja recieving visitors.
  • A winding story...
  • I have no clue.. wish I could read arabic.
  • This looks like a kind of folk-art portrayal of a day at some leader's court – he is hearing supplicants and contemplating a flower (perhaps he is a merciful king), while elsewhere courtiers are praying near a statue and outside a guard is watching two horses and a riding elephant.

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