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Nayika Awaits Her Lover Page from an illustrated manuscript of the Rasikapriya Ascribed to the artist Ibrahim. Northern India (Rajasthan, Bikaner), 1692 Opaque watercolor on paper Overall: 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 in. (24.1 x 15.9 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Anonymous gift, 81.192.3

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

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  • advice
  • air
  • apparition
  • asking
  • assasin
  • beauty
  • bland
  • blue
  • bundi
  • but
  • calm
  • canopy
  • color
  • communication
  • conversation
  • counting
  • court
  • courtesan
  • daily life
  • dusk
  • evaluation
  • exotic
  • flat
  • flirting 
  • floating
  • floating bed
  • fortune
  • fortuntelling
  • garden
  • generous
  • god
  • green
  • hidden
  • high
  • hindu
  • home religion
  • hot
  • illuminated manuscript
  • intimate
  • intriguing
  • isolated
  • it has shade to it, not just lines.
  • ladies
  • lady
  • leisure
  • lonely
  • love
  • marriage
  • meal
  • meditate
  • meditation
  • melancholy 
  • metaphysical
  • muted
  • neutral
  • no idea
  • offering
  • outsider
  • pagoda
  • parasol
  • peace
  • peaceful
  • picnic
  • placid
  • pot
  • prince
  • princess
  • queen
  • red
  • respect
  • rest
  • restrained
  • richness
  • royal
  • royalty
  • scratch
  • sea
  • serene
  • servant
  • servitude
  • sisters
  • sky
  • slave
  • sleep
  • slither
  • sparse
  • spices
  • stately
  • strange position of tent
  • summer
  • sun
  • surreal
  • teaching
  • tent
  • tranquil
  • tree
  • umbrella
  • uniform
  • visit
  • water
  • white
  • wisdom
  • women
  • worship

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

  • airy
  • asking
  • attentive
  • avatar
  • beauty
  • benevolent
  • bikaner
  • bikaner rasikpriya
  • blah
  • bland
  • calm
  • class
  • class distinctions
  • clear
  • commerce
  • confused
  • contemplative
  • conversation
  • counting
  • courtly
  • daytrip
  • decorative
  • detailed
  • devotion
  • dim
  • discussion
  • distant
  • divine
  • doting
  • encounter
  • enticing
  • evocative
  • fem power
  • feminine
  • flat
  • foreboding
  • gift
  • grace
  • green
  • happy
  • henna
  • hot
  • hunh?
  • ignorance
  • instructive
  • intriguing
  • krishna
  • learning
  • lesson
  • lonely
  • love
  • meditation
  • melancholic
  • moment
  • muted
  • mystical
  • narrative
  • offering
  • offerings
  • otherworldly
  • passing time
  • peace
  • peaceful
  • philosophy
  • piety
  • placid
  • powerful
  • pregnant
  • presence of mind
  • princess
  • privilege
  • quiet
  • regal
  • relaxation
  • relaxing
  • religious
  • request
  • retreat
  • reverance
  • reverence
  • reverential
  • ritual
  • romantic
  • royal
  • royalty
  • serene
  • serice
  • servants
  • service
  • serving
  • servitude
  • sharing
  • siimple
  • simple
  • simple...
  • somber
  • sombre
  • speak
  • stiff
  • story
  • subdued
  • summery
  • supplicant
  • teach
  • the privilaged
  • the queen chooses her jewels for her king.
  • tranquil
  • tranquility
  • upright
  • waiting
  • wealth
  • wise
  • women
  • woo

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • again, tinted palette of limited colors
  • aqua
  • azure
  • blue
  • blue gray
  • blue green
  • blue grey
  • bluish gray
  • brick
  • brick red
  • dark red
  • gey
  • gold
  • gray
  • gray blue green
  • grayish blue
  • green
  • grey
  • grey blue
  • grey green
  • light blue
  • none
  • ochre
  • orange
  • pale gray
  • pale orange vs sage green
  • pink
  • red
  • red border and floor
  • red orange
  • red violet
  • rose?
  • slate blue
  • teal
  • terracotta
  • turquoise
  • white
  • yellow

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • care
  • three
  • 3
  • 4
  • 9

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • Princess giving instructions to a servant girl.
  • Sexy
  • A woman speaks to her servants.
  • A king dividing his share with his wife who's hands are positioned in a mudra of some kind while their slave/deity looks on.
  • Simple but not very interesting. maybe more interesting if understood the text
  • Two gods and a woman hang out under a pavilion before a storm.
  • Priestess and attendants
  • A young girl is practicing yoga while her maid and male servant keep a close eye on her.
  • Female visitor asking for a favor from a seated female deity.
  • A princess and her attendants
  • This is a scene that features a special individual (deity?) at center being served and perhaps worshipped.
  • Radha seated beneath a canopy with her friend, awaiting Krishna who appears at left
  • Is that weed in the background?
  • A woman listens to a friend/attendant tell a story while a Krishna-like figure eavesdrops on them
  • Princess being tended to
  • A woman under a shelter with attendants.
  • A young peasant woman is asking the royal lady to help her.
  • Exchange, heat of the day.
  • Radha and Krishna
  • A man overlooks a teacher and her student.
  • A jaundiced lady counts her grain while her daughter tries to ignore the holy dude in the corner.
  • A lovely day outside for a wealthy woman, her servant and her less wealthy friend.
  • A woman kneeling before a seated spiritual person with standing attendant nearby.
  • A courtisane is attended by a man and a woman
  • Enlightenment happening
  • Aristocrat and maid under a tree
  • A courting scene.
  • People under a canopy with some very messed up perspective
  • Getting ready for a special occasion
  • A princess receiving homage
  • Krishna listens to Mirabai.
  • Three people are depicted, with the central woman apparently the mistress of the other two.
  • I do not know what is being depicted.
  • Two young women on the set of Avatar in India
  • A scene of worship.
  • A princess and her staff
  • A woman in the shade under a tent, a servant and another woman in attendance
  • An offering.
  • A wealthy woman is being doted on by her daughter, and watched by a servant.
  • An offering of love and loyalty
  • It is odd and bright
  • Next to a beautiful tree
  • Asking for acceptance.
  • Nice picture
  • A servant waiting on a royal woman.
  • Some kind of game?
  • Two people talking under a canopy.
  • The lady and the servant
  • I see a princess counting her money or jewels.
  • A woman is getting ready with the assistance of her maid.
  • A lady being waited on by servant girl and man
  • Lady with
  • A woman being fed outside by palace workers?
  • A woman is meditating.
  • A noble woman being waited on by servants.
  • The rani listens as the woman tells her story while the god watches
  • A goddess under an awning.
  • A woman talking to or being attended to by another, probably lower class/caste woman with a servant/God? looking on.
  • Woman and servants sorting seeds.
  • A woman prepares for her lover, possibly the blue-skinned guy.
  • Mother's bless
  • Selling something
  • A woman explains what happened to the broken necklace.
  • Royalty
  • Being observed
  • Adored women is attended by a man servant whilst giving advice to a younger woman
  • Person giving something to a princess?
  • A student making an offering in exchange for knowledge
  • A woman of royalty is being entertained by a dancer while her servant is near-by, ready to service her needs.
  • A woman talking with a friend or hand maiden.
  • A female figure seated on a pillow under a canopy, attended by a kneeling woman and a standing man
  • Two women and an attendant underneath a tent overlooking the water.
  • Spoiled.
  • Not true emotions
  • A princess sits under a canopy in a garden near a magnificent tree talks to her lady in waiting (on the right) while a mysterious bare chested man stands watching on the left.
  • A woman sitting under a canopy with two servants holding it up.
  • A woman visiting another of noble birth
  • God, queen, servant
  • One woman tends to seated lady with a god behind.
  • One person being attended to by two others next to a tree.
  • A mother and daughter sorting food
  • Feminine aspect of self
  • Addressing my love soon nipples will touch
  • A princess being tended to by servants
  • Gods and their followers
  • A woman of higher rank is seated under a tent flanked by a male god standing on her right and a servant kneeling on her left.
  • A woman is giving some type of advice or help to a friend or sister.
  • Leisure scene at waterfront
  • On the divan having a nice time
  • Z
  • Red
  • Servitude
  • Maid and mistress
  • Some strange coloring and offerings are goin down.
  • I have reverence for you.
  • Under the sun
  • A day in the park
  • A garden with a royal lady
  • An intimate discussion, observed by "help"
  • Lovelorn woman awaiting Krishna
  • A maid attends to her queen/princess while a messenger looks on.
  • Power melting into kidness.
  • Treasure the day.
  • Illustration of a Hindu story.
  • Their union is blessed by the god.
  • A noble woman being adorned with jewelry by her handmaiden, accompanied or watched over by a man, possibly a eunuch.
  • Illustration of a religious story
  • Serving Ladies
  • Two female figures underneath a canopy gesture towards one another, while a male, attendant figure looks on.
  • The central woman is of some importance, as demonstrated by the position of the other woman outside of the canopy, and the appearance of a servant (likely a djinn, indicated by the blue skin).
  • A princess receives a gift from a female subject under a pavilion while her slave guards her.
  • Unusual perspective from a western viewpoint.
  • Afternoon diversion
  • Rural
  • Peaceful
  • A stately figure sits under a canopy, and is interacting with a seated woman, while a blue figure looks on.
  • A royal lonely picnic, waiting...
  • Queen is talking with her maid
  • Awkward blue dude in the corner.
  • Offering to royalty
  • A princess is attended to by a maid.
  • A royal person on a veranda while a god is present.
  • Regal and ruling.
  • A blue skinned figure, possibly Krishna, oversees an interaction of some ritual or exchange between two women.
  • Serene
  • Queen granting audience to a woman.
  • A god watches a noble woman communicate with her maidservant under a canopy.
  • Relaxing while others work
  • A woman waiting on an Indian man with a servant to his left. They are outside with a tent over the man.
  • This is a picture of a woman sitting under a tent, on a terrace possibly with her subordinates.
  • A woman of means consults with a merchant about the foodstuff that has been presented.
  • Meh
  • A woman buying jewelry
  • Lady having her fourtune told
  • Hiearchy, royality.
  • Krishna? with blue skin, approaching a woman in a garden who is unaware of his presence - the woman's attendant at the right.
  • Radha and Krishna under a pavilion with a handmaid.
  • A woman of significance is watched over by two servants--one a blue man. Why is he blue? Why is he serving a woman?
  • Fortune teller
  • Pampering the queen.
  • A lady and her attendant in a garden
  • A woman sits with an attendant while a god looks on.
  • Woman talking to man.
  • A serving girl helps a princess put on her jewelry.
  • Serene woman is talking to a servant
  • Garden scene.
  • The queen teaching the adolescent princess.
  • A jewelry maker presents her works to the queen.
  • Tutor on the jewelry trade.
  • Sita getting rama's ring?
  • Girl talk
  • Service, servant, stillness
  • Krishna with Radha and Gopi.
  • Woman is helped for her servant on counting gold little balls.
  • Under a white tent on a white cloth sits a woman half knealing and presenting her open left hand to another woman who kneels on the ground mimicking the gesture like in a mirror. Master and pupil, godess and worshiper? behind the woman in the center a man with a sort of crown and a thin stick in his hand. it could be a dance lesson.some flower petals are gathered in front of the woman in the center.
  • Blue dude watching a couple girls talk.

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