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Devotions to Nagadevata Northern India (Rajasthan, Jaipur), ca. 1790 Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Overall: 11 3/16 x 8 1/16 in. (28.4 x 20.5 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Anonymous gift, 79.186.2

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

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  • acid
  • adoration 
  • altar
  • arms
  • avatar
  • awesome
  • balanced
  • beautiful
  • bizarre
  • blaaa
  • brahmin
  • brocade
  • buddha
  • cards
  • cats
  • ceremony
  • color
  • confusing
  • controlling
  • cool
  • coronation
  • cosmic
  • courtly
  • creature
  • curious
  • decorative
  • deity
  • dick
  • diety
  • diversity of india
  • duplicity
  • eels
  • elephant
  • event
  • faced
  • faces
  • feminism
  • fish
  • fishking
  • formal
  • god
  • goddess
  • goddesses
  • godhead
  • gods
  • head
  • heads
  • high
  • hookah
  • iconic
  • illegible
  • interesting
  • intriguing
  • kali
  • king
  • lizard
  • many headed
  • mith
  • motion
  • multi headed
  • multiheaded
  • multiple
  • multiples
  • must know story
  • mutant
  • mysterious
  • mystic
  • mythical
  • mythological
  • mythology
  • neat
  • odd
  • orange
  • organized
  • peace
  • podium
  • polytheism
  • power
  • prayer
  • rabbit
  • regal
  • religion
  • religious
  • religious life
  • religous
  • respect
  • ritual 
  • royalty
  • sanction
  • sardines
  • scramble
  • serpent
  • serpents
  • serve
  • slithery
  • snake
  • spiritual
  • spirituality
  • story
  • strange
  • structure
  • stylized
  • surprising
  • symbolic
  • symmetrical
  • symmetry
  • temple
  • timeline
  • trippy
  • two faced
  • unusual
  • vishnu avatar
  • white
  • wierd
  • wonderland
  • worship

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

  • ?!
  • adoration
  • afterlife
  • amusing
  • awesome
  • balanced
  • blessings
  • busy
  • celebration
  • celebratory
  • ceremonial
  • ceremony
  • complicated
  • confusing
  • courtly
  • creepy
  • curious
  • deity
  • descriptive
  • devotion
  • devotional
  • diety
  • divine
  • divinity
  • dizzying
  • ecstatic
  • entertaining
  • fish
  • fish god
  • flat
  • folk
  • formal
  • funny
  • ganesh
  • god
  • godhead
  • gods
  • gods.
  • heads
  • hierarchical 
  • hierarchy 
  • hieratic
  • holy
  • homage
  • honor
  • idol
  • important
  • interesting
  • intricate
  • krishna
  • legend
  • like a fish
  • magic
  • magical
  • many heads
  • manyheads
  • monstrous
  • multi faceted
  • multiple
  • mystic
  • mystical
  • mythical
  • mythical beings
  • mytholigic
  • mythological
  • mythology
  • obedience
  • obeying
  • order
  • overwhelming
  • praise
  • praising of gods
  • prayer
  • rare
  • regal
  • religion
  • religious
  • religous happening
  • repetition
  • repetitive
  • revelation
  • reverent
  • rite
  • ritual
  • royal
  • royalty
  • scattered
  • snakey
  • spiritual
  • spiritural
  • spititual
  • stoic
  • strange
  • surreal symmetry
  • symbolic
  • symmetrical
  • tense
  • throne
  • traditional
  • twisted
  • vibrant
  • weird
  • whimsical
  • whoa
  • wierd
  • woah
  • worship
  • worshipful
  • wow

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • apricot
  • blue
  • brick red
  • brown
  • burnt orange
  • burnt sienna
  • flesh
  • gold
  • light blue
  • orange
  • orange and green
  • orange brown
  • orange red
  • orange?
  • orangish red
  • red
  • red orange
  • rust
  • rust orange
  • rust red
  • rusty red
  • terra cotta red
  • terracotta color
  • white
  • whites
  • yellow ochre
  • 2

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • 11 possible human figures the rest religious, historical or mythological
  • 8 human, 4 gods
  • About 16
  • a tricky question
  • at least 17 "bodies"
  • many
  • more than 16
  • seventeen
  • sixteen
  • to small to cont
  • twelve
  • 6
  • 8
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 24
  • 25
  • 28
  • 32

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • Some sort of ritual honoring a multi-headed snake god, with at least two other gods present
  • An eel-headed figure oversees other anthropomorphic figures.
  • A group of people worshiping animal-like gods with a very strong diagonals
  • The goddess
  • THis is very strange!
  • An image where beings of all sorts - humans, gods, spirits - are paying their respects to a chief deity.
  • Deities paying homage to another deity.
  • Devotion scene with human and animal worshippers in front of mutli-headed snake divine figure.
  • They line up in worship of their god while being bordered by blue
  • A snake headed deity stands in the center while men and young boys worship with hands clasped. A multi-headed deity stands to the left, two human headed-snake bodied women stand to the right and a man in red offers two snakes to the deity's feet.
  • A gathering of Indian gods, goddesses, and tiny nude people
  • I am clueless. Maybe a god and people worshipping.
  • A scene of mortals and immortals worshiping a god.
  • Many heads and twins must mean deities
  • Multiple faces, facets, visions, seers.
  • Really fascinating - seems like a Naga flanked by Naginis and Siva (? - the matted locks are there as are 5 heads, which I might think of as Sadasiva), with a wonderful vinadhara figure among the attendants to the lower right; I want to know more, especially about the border and patterning in the background.
  • People in the presence and worshipping at the feet of a multi-headed deity.
  • Standing enthroned deity surrounded by subjects and brahma
  • A very strange god-figure and worshippers.
  • A religious ceremony
  • Indian people in worship.
  • Praise and adoration.
  • An offering is being made during a rite.
  • Odd
  • Tea time in the palace
  • Worship scene
  • The many headed snake king hands down benefits to everyone.
  • Adisesha (Lord Vishnu's seat)
  • Deities and devotees
  • A many-headed deity and attendants are surrounded by worshipers.
  • Too small on screen to appreciate the details--or to invent a story to explain the figures, esp. the four small naked figures at right.
  • People are participating in some kind of religious ceremony, with depictions of multi-headed gods
  • A religious description.
  • One has to be initiated in order to understand of what is going on.
  • Hindu gods is worshipped by minions.
  • A group of people worshiping their God.
  • Worshipping at the temple
  • An illuminated manuscript showing a scene of Hindu mythology, this painting is pleasantly symmetrical without being rigid.
  • Serpent God?
  • A tribute to some Gods.
  • This looks like some sort of initiation ceremony with many mixed human/animal forms. I am sure this is loaded with much symbolism but not sure what is all means.
  • This looks like an image of a particular deity.
  • Homage to the deity "--"
  • People and dieties pay homage to a snake god.
  • A king at court
  • Praising deities depicted with hierarchy of sacred figures
  • Mystical
  • A crowd at an altar to the strange.
  • Someone or something being worshipped.
  • God being venerated
  • It is the devoted before the Gods.
  • It's symetrical and sharp
  • Religious symbolism.
  • Scary
  • This is interesting but mysterious.
  • Praying to the gods
  • Subjects honoring a god.
  • Deity before worshippers depicted.
  • Humans and "animal people" stand before a throned multiple snake-headed king figure.
  • A scene depicting an Indian god with a multitude of fish heads and his cohorts.
  • Worshipers before a shrine
  • The court
  • CONFUSING
  • A serpent lord with his followers
  • Nagas and gods at a ceremony.
  • People attend the gods
  • Hierarchical composition of figures engaged in a ceremony before a many headed god?
  • Celebrating a religious ceremony or ritual
  • Religious, austere.
  • Honoring his Majesty
  • There are many expressions of the one true faith.
  • The court of the snake-god is no place for small naked children, unless they are particularly annoying.
  • False Gods.
  • An allseer and his court
  • Kind of strange scene, perhaps it is a god they are worshipping?
  • This appears to be a scene of worshippers admiring some gods.
  • Strange god.
  • Looks like some kind of worship
  • People worship a snake-headed diety.
  • A multi-headed diety with two serpent-like female figures on the right and a multi-headed, multi-armed figure on the left and about a dozen human and animal figures below.
  • Otherwordly.
  • Some gods or other beings are worshipped by people
  • A multi-headed god is attended by three other mysterious creatures with many heads and arms and an audience of courtiers
  • Quirky, oddly appealing
  • This is an offering to the god of many faces
  • A god holding court.
  • Weird it is something i do not understand
  • Dinner with the 4th, 5th, and 8th dimensional diplomats
  • A powerful god being worshiped
  • Formal
  • A religious ceremony takes place with a number of gods or magical deities present.
  • Hindu gods and devas
  • This painting shows several animal-human combination figures in a pattered and elaborate background.
  • They are worshipping their gods
  • Snake headed diety receiving offerings
  • Staged
  • The benifescence of gods
  • Mutli-headed Gods.
  • A ceremony honoring a god
  • I see an interesting use of repetition.
  • Many-headed beings are being worshipped.
  • Gods and Monsters.
  • Some sort of offering to deity
  • More dieties
  • Rows of observers in front of unusual and extraordinarily gay deities
  • Myth.
  • Ceremony
  • Several points of view
  • Some sort of diety.
  • King.
  • Worship
  • A scene of ceremony and reverence.
  • A deity with multiple snakes standing in for a head gestures towards a serpent-bottomed woman; the deity is the highest positioned figure within what might be a court.
  • Many faces and garbled faces to stand below the the many faced man
  • Geometric and disturbing images
  • Ganjay and court
  • My god, what was in that pipe?
  • Many headed many faced multiple views of the world.
  • People worrshipping a god.
  • Worshiping gods at a temple or shrine
  • A multi-headed deity making a pronouncement to followers
  • Ritual
  • Have no clue
  • Sacrifice and worship
  • A non-human deity, flanked by lesser deities presents him/her/itself, to receive homage/worship partially in a musical form
  • A god is being honored.
  • Religious scene; maybe an eastern god with groups of worshippers
  • Snake god with vishnu.
  • Ritual
  • Indian gods being worshipped by a variety of people, including small naked children.
  • An awkward scene of a figure(a god maybe?) surrounded by different creatures trying to please him
  • Tribute to gods
  • A god is worshipped.
  • A religious ceremony of unclear purpose.
  • The court laughed when they heard the dire warnings of potential genetic mutations resulting from elevated levels of radiation at the damaged reactor.
  • Some kind of god
  • Statues of deities are adored by worshipers with offerings.
  • A religious ceremony giving thanks.
  • Offering to deities
  • Mythology
  • A group of people praying to a god.
  • Something that has to do with Hinduism.
  • They felt their offerings could never be enough, and the stone-coldness of the floor seemed to penetrate their feet.
  • Tribute to a god
  • Let's celebrate the king
  • People worship gods.
  • A religious ritual
  • Many headed god is holding court to decide between competing factions.
  • Praising the god of seas in the Temple of Fish
  • Lots going on.
  • Tells a story, though I don't understand it.
  • A celebratory ceremony with attendants and guests paying respects to a diety who is present.
  • No idea
  • A ceremony in honor of the Sea God
  • Glory to God.
  • Honoring the gods.

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