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Lady with a Yo-yo Northern India (Rajashtan, Bundi or Kota), ca. 1770 Opaque watercolor and gold on paper Overall: 9 1/4 x 6 3/16 in. (23.5 x 15.7 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Gift of Alan Kirschbaum, 80.268.1

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

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  •   balance
  • away
  • balance
  • beautiful
  • beauty
  • blessing
  • blue
  • boobs
  • breasts
  • center
  • christmas
  • clothing
  • cloud
  • courtlady
  • crossing
  • dance
  • dancer
  • dancing
  • dark
  • deity
  • delicate
  • desire
  • drab
  • drama
  • dress
  • elegant
  • empty
  • ethereal
  • faith
  • figurative
  • fruitful
  • fun
  • game
  • games
  • grace
  • graceful
  • hottie!
  • intrigued
  • invtiting
  • lady
  • light
  • lovely
  • maiden
  • marriage
  • me
  • money fat cash
  • mother
  • mythic
  • negative space
  • ocean
  • odd
  • operatic
  • path
  • patience
  • peace
  • pedestal
  • play
  • playful
  • poetic
  • powerful
  • prayer
  • preparation
  • pretty
  • princess
  • profile
  • purity
  • queen
  • rain
  • raining
  • regal
  • relaxed
  • religion
  • rhythmic
  • romantic
  • seamstress
  • simple
  • sky
  • somber
  • sorry
  • space
  • spinning
  • spoiled
  • still
  • storm
  • storm clouds
  • stormy
  • thread
  • thunder
  • training
  • tranquil
  • veiled
  • virgin
  • water
  • wish
  • woman
  • women
  • yo yo
  • yo yo?

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

  • acceptance
  • activity
  • adventurous
  • aristocracy
  • auspicious
  • balance
  • beautiful 
  • beauty
  • blessigns by parvatie
  • calm
  • ceremony
  • charming
  • cold
  • commanding
  • concentrating 
  • concern
  • dance
  • dance!
  • dancing
  • dangerous
  • daring
  • dark
  • delicate
  • descriptive
  • dramatic
  • dreamy
  • elegant
  • embrace
  • enjoy
  • etheral
  • experimenting
  • feminine
  • fishing
  • flat
  • flight
  • focused
  • free
  • frivilous
  • genre
  • gilded cage
  • girl
  • goddess
  • godess
  • grace
  • graceful
  • guided
  • half empty
  • hmmmm
  • hope
  • intriguing
  • lifestyle
  • love
  • maiden
  • marriage
  • mysterious
  • mystic
  • mystical
  • narrative
  • nayika bhed
  • pensive
  • pillow walk
  • pining
  • play
  • playful
  • playing yoyo
  • playtime
  • pleasant
  • posed
  • precarious
  • preparation
  • princess joyful
  • purposeful
  • questioning
  • rainy
  • regal
  • relax
  • romantic
  • routine
  • royal
  • royalty
  • sad
  • sensual
  • serene
  • serenity
  • sexy
  • showoff
  • simple
  • somber
  • springtime
  • stormy
  • striving
  • sublime
  • tranquil
  • waiting
  • watercolor
  • whimsical
  • woman
  • women
  • yo yo
  • yoyo

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • beige gray
  • black
  • blue
  • blue gray
  • blue grey
  • blues
  • complex grey
  • cream
  • dark blue
  • dark gray purple
  • faded blue
  • gray
  • gray blue
  • grayblue
  • grey
  • grey blue
  • grey light blue
  • greyish blue
  • i'm weather focused these days ... those blue clouds dominate
  • light blue
  • maroon
  • ochre
  • orange
  • pale blue
  • red
  • rust
  • silver
  • unsure

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • 2   2 birds
  • four
  • two
  • two people, 2 birds
  • 2
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 23

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • Throwing caution to the wind.
  • A woman of high stature is being dressed by another woman.
  • Sexy fun
  • An upperclass woman performing some sort of task or game involving thread and a spool-like object while her companion or handmaiden looks on.
  • Woman with pendant
  • Something symbolic of marriage.
  • A Brahmin woman and her servant play with a yo-yo.
  • Woman playing with a disc object with attendant watching
  • A young woman is playing with a toy.
  • A maid sends a young girl off to sea carrying a yoyo and flashtorch.
  • Noble woman spinning.
  • Playing a game.
  • She reaches up to the heavens at a small blossoming bush.
  • A young woman stands on a platform with a ? while her attendant stands behind her with a peacock feather fan.
  • This scene depicts a woman in training focused on training a yoyo in a balancing act.
  • She is dancing.
  • A nayaka with attendance playing with a string and toy
  • A woman places with a toy while another woman looks on.
  • Young woman dancing
  • Attempt to duplicate the Birth of Venus.
  • A young princess plays with a toy yo-yo as a maidservant attends.
  • A woman stands on a pillow.
  • Outdoor evening or early morning scene - a woman and a helper?
  • The jealous servant attempted to push her master into the river.
  • A hot babe tries to impress her friend with some sweet yo-yo tricks.
  • Royal princess preparing decorative thread with servant.
  • A woman is playing yoyo
  • I told you I can yo - yo
  • Invention of the yo-yo
  • Indira was wondering if she would ever get the hang of the wii fit
  • Gathering of pommel
  • Bride to be plays yo-yo with lady in waiting.
  • There's a woman with a yo-yo(?)
  • Half dressed girls play yo yo by the tree
  • Woman wearing a sheer gown and standing on a low platform outdoors, with a feather-bearing attendant.
  • A soldier gives a flower to a woman playing with a toy
  • I enjoy amusements during my typical day.
  • Princess trying to attract a fish
  • Maharaja watching a concubine displaying her skills at balance while playing with a yo-yo.
  • A princess standing on a stool, which represents her status, plays with a yoyo as her attendant watches.
  • Flowing, graceful, open, dance
  • A painting of two women - the object on the string is unfamiliar.
  • A beautiful woman plays with a yoyo while a bird poops overhead.
  • A woman on a small stand is working a yo-yo while being attended by another woman in more dress under a dark clouded sky with two geese flying over head from right to left.
  • One woman attending the other, who's playing with a yoyo
  • Royal princess occupying her time with handmaid in attendance.
  • A special offering ceremony, with a yo-yo.
  • A lady with her servant standing on a raised pillow.
  • The dark clouds portend the maiden's fate.
  • Woman and mystic
  • A play off the flat planes of the background with a dimensional presentation of figures breaking out from the surface while preserving an intriguing sense of floating above the world.
  • Bored privileged restlessly trying to pass time.
  • Royal lady plays with a yo-yo in a garden with attendant
  • An individual looks on as a woman plays with her yo-yo.
  • Female attendant watches yo-yo playing charge on world's smallest stage.
  • The princess plays with his yo-yo, followed by his servant, under a cloudy sky where birds fly
  • A princess seems to be riding on a carpet over some water.
  • Ritual
  • Maiden playing with a yoyo in a garden
  • A woman plays with a toy while being watched by her maid.
  • Servant and woman on platform in lake
  • The woman is standing on a small platform holding something that looks like a yo yo.
  • A woman and her handmaiden enjoying nature.
  • Mysterious women in an oncoming storm.
  • Young woman playing with a yoyo followed by her maid in waiting
  • Woman playing with a yo-yo, with an attendant
  • Telliing a story
  • A wild princess draws on the sky and plays with a yo-yo while her chaperon holds her peacock fan and the flowers she picked up while half wishing to swat the princess with them.
  • Teetering, stormy, delicate.
  • Women playing a game.
  • Fishing
  • Dark clouds in the background fortell a decision to be made by a young woman counciled by a wiser elder woman
  • Protected play
  • A strong woman of a curious nature sneaks out of her house at night to conduct an experiment, accompanied by her trusted right-hand woman.
  • Princess fits in a new dress
  • Two women, probably fitting a wedding dress
  • A lovely "princess" in the garden playing with her yo yo with her handmaiden in a terrific hat holding peacock feathers and a flower from the princess's boyfriend.
  • Two women in front of a body of water, fishing or dropping something.
  • Feminine and mysterious.
  • Playful
  • A woman standing on a raised platform during a rain storm, looking at a flowering tree, with a servant behind her.
  • A girl with a yoyo
  • This woman holds magic
  • The leisure time of a sheltered virginal young woman preparing for marriage as symbolized by the two cranes
  • My queen shall not get her feet wet
  • Flat
  • A princess and her attendant engage in some sort of ritual or game to foretell the future.
  • A teenage girl is playing with a yoyo with her servant nearby.
  • A woman is playing an outdoor game aided by her young friend
  • Women having fun
  • A yoyo beneath geese
  • A
  • A royal woman is playing with a yo-yo
  • I'm interested to know more about what the girl is doing, and I feel like there is too much open space.
  • It looks like she is doing a dance.
  • A woman practices using her yoyo.
  • Rain dance with a yo yo!
  • A woman is measuring thread with her friend, or maybe that's a yo-yo in her hand.
  • The fair lady and her elegant attendant appear to be in a garden, and the lady is standing on the foot stool to protect her from the soiling her feet.
  • She draws across the sky.
  • Yoga in the morning
  • Yesterday, I couldn't lift my arm that high!
  • A maiden plays a game with her assistant.
  • A woman plays with a toy in the out of doors.
  • Delicate
  • Relaxing/playing
  • Lovely woman plus attendant, gauzy clothing. Attendant holds peacock feathers.
  • Beautiful woman standing
  • A beautiful woman is standing in a sea of blue.
  • A beutiful woman playing a game in the garden
  • Interesting objects and beautiful clothes
  • A young woman balances on a low stool as she plays with a yo-yo and another person carrying a peacock fan looks on.
  • Romantic?
  • Detailed
  • Girl is dancing and some is teaching her
  • Decoration of a tree
  • Wonderful she looks to be playing with a yoyo
  • A young women is passing the time while a decision weighs heaving on her mind.
  • A woman stands on an ottoman with a yo-yo.
  • Becoming a woman
  • A well-dressed woman stands on a pedestal in a garden, attended by a woman with a fan.
  • Playful and enriching.
  • Two women looking at a small plant
  • A woman playing with a toy on a string, accompanied by what may be her female servant.
  • Mogul queen playing with yoyo.
  • A woman and her maid play with what looks like a yo-yo.
  • Maybe a maiden playing a game
  • One woman standing over a pillow while playing with a yo-yo, a second woman stares at her
  • Woman placing object in to water
  • A beautiful woman balancing on a strangely small carpet.
  • Princess trying out a new yo-yo
  • Wishing for a husband
  • A lady plays with a yoyo as another lady watches her.
  • I don't know the story of this scene; possibly from poetry. A woman and her attendant...
  • ?
  • On a bench, a woman with a veil and a long skirt plays near a bush, under a black sky.
  • Floating across the water
  • A beatiful woman is walking on water and playing with a yo yo
  • A woman, princess, participating in a celebration of spring/growth/new beginnings
  • Woman is playing and being looked after by servant
  • A woman plays with a Yoyo.
  • A woman pulls on a thread as her attendant assists her.
  • Royal princess standing on a cushion being waited on by a lady in waiting in front a rose bush.
  • Classical Musical representational work.
  • Woman playing game
  • Perfect blend of color and weathering
  • A woman and her attendant are standing in the foreground, outside near a small flowering bush, the woman is on a cushion playing with a yoyo, all against a sparse grey background with high clouds and 2 birds flying overhead are seen against the clouds.
  • A princess is playing with a spinning tops
  • A typical princess admiring aspects of nature with a lady in waiting
  • Dream like
  • A woman stands in the center of this grey picture on a pedestal she is holding a red thread and looks like if she was trying to catch something. in front of her a flowerbush and behind her a woman standing and holding a flower in her left hand and peacock feathersin the other. in the grey and thundery sky two cranes are flying towards the left corner out of the picture. it looks like autumn.
  • Woman playing yoyo while another woman watches.

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