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Vali and Sugriva Fighting Page from an illustrated manuscript of the Ramayana Northern India (Punjab Hills, Jammu area), ca. 1700-1710 Opaque watercolor on paper Overall: 8 x 12 1/4 in. (20.3 x 31.1 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Peter Findlay, 77.201.1

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

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  •  
  • a duel
  • action
  • active
  • aggressive
  • altercation
  • anger
  • animal
  • attack
  • background
  • balance
  • battle
  • beach
  • beginning
  • blooming
  • broken
  • christmas tree
  • clash
  • colorful
  • colorfull
  • competition
  • conflict
  • confrontation
  • curious
  • dance
  • devils
  • different
  • disruptive
  • divide
  • dual
  • ducks
  • duel
  • dynamic
  • earth
  • egyptian
  • festive
  • fight
  • fighting
  • folkloric
  • fruit
  • funny
  • gallentry
  • games
  • god battle
  • gods
  • green
  • hanuman
  • horizon
  • intense
  • intruiging
  • jealousy
  • joy
  • land
  • mango
  • monkey
  • monkeys
  • movement
  • mustard
  • mythic
  • nature
  • oooof!
  • ouch
  • play
  • raw
  • ritual
  • story
  • storytelling
  • struggle
  • synthetic
  • tree
  • tribal
  • unclear
  • war
  • warriors
  • wrestle
  • yellow

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

  • 2 d
  • aggressive
  • agressive
  • anger
  • angry
  • anxiety
  • battle
  • bland
  • bold
  • boring
  • chartreuse
  • combat
  • combative
  • competition
  • conflict
  • confrontation
  • confrontational
  • confusion
  • dance
  • dangerous
  • disagreement
  • disagrement
  • dual
  • duel
  • dueling
  • enerjetic
  • ferocious
  • feudalism
  • fight
  • fighting
  • fights
  • fivorous 
  • fruitless
  • green
  • hanuman
  • happines
  • honor
  • hostile
  • humor
  • initiation
  • judgment
  • lively
  • loyal
  • m
  • mancats
  • mating ritual
  • men!
  • monkey
  • monkey fight
  • monkey quarrel
  • myth
  • mythical
  • narrative
  • observing
  • okay
  • ominous
  • playful
  • rama
  • rough housing
  • routine
  • silly
  • skirmish
  • smite
  • sparring
  • spectacle
  • spying
  • story
  • symbolic
  • testosterone poisoning
  • traditional
  • training
  • training battle
  • tree
  • tribal
  • unexpected
  • vibrant
  • violent
  • voyeuristic
  • war
  • war, battle, conflict
  • warior scene 
  • warrior
  • warriors
  • weird
  • who's next?
  • wild
  • witnessing turmoil

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • black
  • bright green
  • chartreuse
  • chartreuse green
  • chartruse
  • earthy green
  • gold
  • green
  • green yellow
  • greenish
  • greenish brown
  • light green
  • lime yellow
  • mustard
  • ochre
  • olive
  • olive green
  • orange
  • pea green
  • putrid green
  • saffron
  • tan
  • tinted vert with yellow
  • wheat
  • white
  • white highlights are most interesting. 
  • yel ochre
  • yello
  • yellow
  • yellow green
  • yellow ochre gold
  • yellowgreen
  • yellowish green
  • yelowish green
  • 2

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • 2
  • 3
  • 5 if you don't count the tree
  • 5?
  • five
  • 5
  • 6
  • 20

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • Two people are fighting while others look on .
  • Two soldiers training for battle
  • Men dancing or fighting with onlookers - maybe hiding behind a tree
  • Simple effective narrative. like the primitive layout
  • Two fight while three watch.
  • Men and sport
  • Two monkeys battle while Rama, Sita and Hauniman watch.
  • This looks like a warrior dance.
  • It appears to be a fight scene between two men, as they are observed by holy figures (on the right), perhaps telling a story or a moral fable.
  • A battled has ensued.
  • Two men battle near a tree while three other men look on.
  • Combat and an audience
  • Monkeys fighting, scene from the Ramayana
  • This is a Pahari painting, likely from Basohli circa 18th century, depicting a scene from the Ramayana in which Bali and Sugriva are fighting, and Rama (accompanied by Lakshmana) is hiding and watching from his vantage point behind a tree.
  • This is an outdoor scene of five figures, two of whom might be fighting, perhaps ceremonially.
  • Battle practice
  • Ochre background with figures fighting and others looking on.
  • Men watching a duel in tribal costume.
  • There are two people fighting and a small group of onlookers.
  • Two men fight while three onlookers take shelter behind a flowered tree.
  • The warriors battle for the lords favor.
  • Three spectators watching the fight of two warriors.
  • Duel
  • Fighting
  • Battle between Vali and Sugreeva
  • Ramjit Kain vs Manmeet Abel by the sea
  • Two spirits dance while human figures look on from behind a tree.
  • Ancient boxing match
  • Two people are fighting and other people are looking while standing behind a tree.
  • A battle with observers, who may have their turn at fighting.
  • This one confusing since I cannot tell if it is a dance routine or a confrontation.
  • Fighting and sparring between two mythical soldiers.
  • Two monkey-men fight or dance by a flowering tree as another monkey-man and two men look on.
  • Power struggle among gods with prince or patron watching but hidden from view.
  • It looks like humans watching "monkey-beings" fight or compete?
  • Can't see it well but it looks like a fight scene between the brothers from the Mahabarata
  • Practicing hand-to-hand combat.
  • Mano-a-mano Asian style.
  • 2 men fighting while others look on
  • It looks like a fight with observers behind the tree.
  • Rulers fighting
  • A fight scene, perhaps illustrating a well known story.
  • Two men fight next to an interesting tree while others hide behind the tree to watch the hand to hand combat.
  • Observed fight scene
  • Ritual
  • Three figures spy on two animal-like figures fighting.
  • Felines engage in combat as three spectators hide behind tree to watch
  • Some prefer not to partake in the War Dance.
  • Festival
  • Hanuman, or two of his knights, joust for the entertainment of Rama and a courtier, while another of Hanuman's courtiers looks on.
  • Two warriors are fighting while others look on.
  • Combat on one side of the tree, observation on the other.
  • Men Battling over something.
  • Whimsical.
  • A battle scene.
  • Two monkey-gods are fighting over nothing particularly important, unaware that people are watching them act a damn fool.
  • Warriors beating each other's head, while onlookers judge
  • Two figures fighting while three figures watch from the other side of a tree
  • Monkey dieties wrestle, while another diety and two men watch.
  • Some monkey-men fight while men look on.
  • Men fighting around tree
  • The batle
  • Fighting for power
  • Three people watching two fight near a beach.
  • Quite dull
  • A warrior hero fighting against a demon, can't determine the function of the witnesses
  • Two warriors in battle, with three figures hiding behind a tree watching.
  • People having a fight with onlookers hiding behind a tree
  • Battling for the christmas tree (they are all desperate time travelers from 2039, a time where there are no more evergreen trees suitable for yuletide use)
  • The contestants and the spectators
  • Two people are fighting while three others hide behind a tree and watch.
  • Conflict arises between two warring factions.
  • This painting depicts a fight or competition of some sort, between two people, with three others looking on.
  • The battle between Vali and Sugreeva for the crown of Kishkindha while Hanuman, Ram and Lakshman watch.
  • They are fighting, why?
  • In the spring, blossoms bloom and men establish power and work through hierarchical positioning
  • A battle between deities while mortals look on.
  • Men spy on two animal-like gods as they battle.
  • TWO WARRIORS BATTLING
  • Onlookers observing a fight.
  • Waring boys over who gets the girls
  • Playing on the beach
  • Two figures fighting with three observers a tree, which is presents as a dividing factor between both.
  • Dancing around the flowery tree
  • Ram
  • Two fighting gods are watched by three onlookers hiding behind a tree.
  • Onlookers in a fight
  • Looks like two monkey gods fighting while three others look on from behind a tree on what could be a beach with the ocean lapping the shore at the top of the image.
  • Fight scene with observers
  • Men are fighting over a tree.
  • A battle of forces
  • Waring gods
  • A battle in a garden.
  • Boys are having fun.
  • Monkey gods fighting with other people looking on.
  • Playing/challenging/earning
  • An ongoing battle and a group of sages that have come to break it up.
  • Two warriors fighting while others look on in back of beautiful tree with flowers.
  • Three men watching two monkeys fight from behind a tree.
  • The two figures on the left are fighting while the others watch, hiding behind the tree
  • Wrestlers practice to entertain with sport
  • Men fighting
  • A battle of Hindu gods painted in a flat and pictorial style.
  • Warriors are fighting and ladies are watching.
  • Men fighting
  • Entertainment or disaster?
  • Like the surf in the background
  • Two men are engaged in combat, while three other tribal men look on.
  • Two monkey-man figures fist fight, while two men and another monkey-man watch from behind a tree.
  • Some kind of fight. spectators and a tree
  • A battle between two spirits or gods
  • A conflict arises and a family hides, waiting to see the outcome.
  • A tree in the center of the scene divides two men fighting from three others watching nearby.
  • Strength fight w spectators
  • Public battle of two
  • Battle of gods
  • Two monkeys get into a fight while three men look on
  • Hard to see details as image is too small; are fighters on left & figure on extreme right monkeys?
  • ANTHROPOMORPHISED PEOPLE FIGHTING WITH ONLOOKERS AND A TREE
  • Three men watch two other men wrestle, fight, or dance.
  • Figures around what looks like a tree; three are looking at the three; the other two look like they're fighting.
  • Vali and sugriha fighting.
  • Men fight on a beach while others hide behind a tree.
  • Hard to understand
  • A flat colorful landscape of a couple men fighting each other while three other people stare at the action
  • Three deities watch two other deities fight from their hiding place behind a tree.
  • Two men fight and three men look on.
  • Battle between Gods over life (tree is a symbol of life) and people.
  • A battle of some type of honor ?
  • Combat
  • Duel?
  • The battle had to be won before the slaves could be freed.
  • People witness a duel at the beach.
  • A batlle
  • Separation
  • Some kind of fight, witnessed by a group of men - and a monkey...
  • War in time of plentitude
  • Two men fight while three men watch from behind a tree.
  • Time for a wrestling contest - take turns, now.
  • Battle of common demons.
  • In a flat landscape, two warriors fight each other while on the other side of a single tree, three others look on.
  • Battle scene
  • i like it narrates a even in the Indian culture.
  • Bird men fighting while men watch
  • Two monkeys (perhaps transformed men? they are wearing clothes and have human proportions) are fighting near a tree, while two men and another monkey-like creature look on.

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