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Dhanyashri Ragini Page from an illustrated Ragamala series Ascribed to the artist Murad Northern India (Rajasthan: Bikaner), ca. 1695 Opaque watercolor, silver and gold on paper Overall: 7 5/16 x 6 in. (18.6 x 15.2 cm) Brooklyn Museum. Anonymous gift, 81.192.5

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

Enter the first word that comes to mind:

  • a secret
  • advise
  • anger
  • annunciation
  • architecture
  • aristocrat
  • balance
  • balanced
  • beatuiful
  • beautiful
  • bird
  • bonding
  • bottle
  • breathtaking
  • brocalli
  • calm
  • chat
  • color
  • colors
  • companion
  • confidential
  • confused
  • contrast
  • conversation
  • cool, serene
  • domestic
  • dry
  • elegant
  • frame
  • friends
  • friendship
  • gazebo
  • glam
  • god
  • goddess
  • goddesses
  • gossip
  • green
  • grey
  • gross
  • harmony
  • healing
  • high
  • hm
  • hmm
  • hostile
  • house
  • interesting
  • interior
  • intimate
  • intimicy
  • intimo
  • intricate
  • knowledge
  • krishna
  • lake
  • lesson
  • lessons
  • love
  • lovely
  • lull
  • luxury
  • meditation
  • meeting
  • miniature
  • naive
  • ornate
  • pagoda
  • pair
  • palette
  • pastel
  • pastoral
  • pavillion
  • peace
  • peacock
  • perspective
  • pink
  • queen
  • racial
  • ragini
  • relationship
  • religion
  • religious
  • romance
  • romantic
  • secret
  • secrets
  • serene
  • serenity
  • servant
  • sisters
  • social practices
  • soft
  • solace
  • space
  • static
  • study
  • symbolic
  • symmetrical
  • symmetry
  • talking
  • tarot
  • tea
  • teach
  • teacher
  • teaching
  • temple
  • thought
  • too small
  • tranquil
  • tryst
  • tutor
  • vase
  • wash
  • what?
  • women
  • worship
  • wow

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

  • afternoon intreage
  • annunciation
  • auditing
  • balanced
  • balanced and static
  • beautiful
  • bird afternoon
  • bonding
  • bright
  • calm
  • castes
  • charming
  • chatter
  • chatty
  • class
  • communion
  • comunication
  • concubine
  • conference
  • conspiratory
  • consultation
  • contemplation
  • conversation
  • cosy
  • couple
  • craftsmanship
  • detailed
  • dialect
  • diplomatic
  • domestic
  • domestic dispute
  • elegance
  • elegant
  • engaged
  • engaging
  • entertainers
  • evening
  • exotic beauty
  • fortune telling
  • friends
  • friendship
  • glory
  • good fortune
  • gossip
  • gossipy
  • harmonious...
  • harmony
  • home
  • instruction
  • instructive
  • intimate
  • j
  • kin
  • knowledge
  • lesson
  • letter to beloved
  • listening
  • lovely
  • meditative
  • meeting
  • moody
  • mysterious
  • mystic
  • okay
  • palace
  • pavilion
  • peaceful
  • peacock
  • practice
  • private
  • prophecy
  • protection
  • queen and maid
  • quiet
  • quite afternoon
  • ragamala
  • regal
  • relaxed
  • religious
  • revelation
  • romantic
  • scholarship
  • secluded
  • secretive
  • serenity 
  • servitude
  • sisterhood
  • soliquy
  • solomn
  • somber
  • spiritual
  • spooky
  • spring
  • storytelling
  • storytelling, music
  • studious
  • sweet
  • symetrical
  • symmetrical
  • symmetry
  • tea
  • tea house
  • teach
  • teaching
  • teatime
  • the voyeur
  • thoughtful
  • tranquil
  • vast
  • voyeurism
  • wife and husband fight
  • wisdom
  • woman
  • womanhood
  • worship

What is the dominant color in this painting?

  • beige
  • blue
  • brick red
  • burgundy
  • dark pink
  • dusty pink blue gray contrast
  • dusty rose
  • gold
  • gray
  • green
  • grey
  • grey and mauve
  • greyish blue
  • gry
  • ivory
  • lavender grey
  • light blue
  • magenta
  • maroon
  • mauve
  • mauve pink
  • no dominant color balance between reds and greens
  • pink
  • pink and green
  • pinkish red
  • pinks
  • pinky rose
  • purple
  • red
  • red pink
  • redd
  • rose
  • see previous
  • silver
  • violet
  • violet rose
  • white

About how many figures are depicted in this painting?

  • 2 - with all creatures - 3
  • Two.
  • four
  • three
  • two
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 10
  • 18

In one sentence, describe this scene:

  • A woman visits a temple of a goddess of beauty.
  • Color, perspective, detail.
  • One woman relating a story to a scribe.
  • A couple talk while a peacock walks on the roof.
  • Two women conversing in palace with peacock on roof and garden in background
  • A woman tells a story while another takes notes and a peacock watches over.
  • A god sketches a woman sitting for him in his studio.
  • Temple with peacock and woman consulting priestess/goddess
  • 2 women talking under a canopy
  • This is a mother and daughter talking.
  • I wonder what the peacock is up to.
  • Scene depicting woman and deity in gazebo.
  • Peacock spying on maiden and servant.
  • Two women, perhaps goddesses, sit facing one another, each holding their respective symbols.
  • Two women talking in an ornate small room.
  • Two women in a hut with peacocks and birds.
  • Women talk and sew in a little pagoda.
  • A moment of intimate conversation among friends.
  • Ladies sharing stories of their lovers.
  • Young woman consulting her fortune reader
  • Two women in conversing with a peacock on the roof.
  • A lady comes before a goddess with her beautiful pet bird, asking for it to be healed.
  • Room cool
  • A young woman visits a goddess for consult.
  • Two women, one dark and one light, talk in an ornate little garden house with a peacock on the roof.
  • A lady with a serious disease listens to a selfish woman's problems.
  • 2 women conversing under a gorgeous pagoda, fabulous use of color
  • Peacock overlooking lovers
  • Rajput painting
  • A green and a yellow woman have a chat
  • Two women in a pagoda, one holding a bird on his left hand and speaks, the other maybe holds a text or a table
  • Two figures, one immortal, one mortal, in an idyllic setting.
  • The peacock is listening
  • We greet each other respectfully
  • A prince presents a cat as a gift to the princess he is courting in a peaceful garden gazebo.
  • What is the significance of the pale skin shown on one woman in contrast to the very dark skin of the other?
  • Mother-in-law and wife at a ceremonial meeting
  • Woman, goddess, peacock
  • Beautiful
  • Talking to God.
  • Pleasing composition of Indian women at home
  • Intimate scene with a musical instrument.
  • A man and woman talking and being in communication with the bird overhead
  • There is a story here but the formal elements dominate the narrative ones
  • A man and woman or man and man, maybe gods, in room with peacock on roof, nearly symmetrical.
  • A holy place and an important conversation. Peacock and other birds symbolic
  • Goddess and female talking under a small temple.
  • Talking women
  • SPIRITUAL SYMBOLISM
  • Opulent
  • Two women discussing their days
  • Casba
  • Family
  • Princess dictating a letter to her love
  • Women sharing
  • An intriguing display of complexity
  • Sharing
  • The peace of friendship
  • Calming, zen.
  • Fortune and friendship.
  • Beautiful garden
  • Peaceful, garden like scene
  • Two women in a pavilion with a peacock
  • A supernatural being having an audience with a human in a palatial environment.
  • Women
  • Teachings of a wise old woman?
  • Nice but a little boring.
  • Two people in conversation in a house with a peacock on the roof.
  • A love making of two courtesans, enjoying each another's company
  • People having tea in a hut
  • Courtesans on a break. gossiping about life.
  • Serene
  • Women's pavilion on a summer's day.
  • A woman telling stories to a scribe
  • Storytelling
  • Domestic scene and loved the peacock
  • BRIDE AND GROOM ON HONEYMOON
  • Conversation.
  • This scene involves both an exterior and an interior view, with two figures sitting in the latter.
  • Women rule the home and therefore the world
  • Two women discuss inside of a temple while a peacock looks down their blouses
  • A young woman in an ornate house is having a discussion with a goddess.
  • Two listening and enjoying
  • Krishna and a prospective lover.
  • A young woman taking notes from a lady of importance
  • Play time in the peacock palace!
  • Women in a house w peacok on roof
  • 2 women - 1 sinister because of her coloring
  • Satisfying symmetry here. Summer house, blue and yellow women in conversation. Peacock on the roof listening in?
  • Two Women Speaking in a Gazebo with a peacock on the roof.
  • Jewel of a pinting! Intimate discussion, goregoeus setting. Too small however.
  • Lovers talking in room with peacock on the top of building.
  • Goddesses having a chat in a pagoda in a beautiful walled garden.
  • Home is where the time is.
  • Maidens in garden room
  • I want to know what the peacock is thinking.
  • Storytelling girlfriends
  • Women and peacock
  • Gossiping over tea
  • Relaxing night
  • Consulting a god
  • Chating
  • Queen is telling her friend about an event
  • Two women enjoy the tranquility.
  • Sitting in room
  • Two people seated on a floral carpet on the floor in a house with a peacock on the roof.
  • Girls talk
  • Serenity, with two women. (Hard to see the one on the left clearly.)
  • it is a little too confining
  • Scene of a woman making a drawing of another woman in a small, decorated room with a turkey on the roof
  • Two women relax in a pavilion.
  • Relaxing
  • Peacocks, goddesses, house
  • Cool
  • A peacocke floats over the scene.
  • Inside an open house, two women are discussing.
  • Vishnu and lover
  • In a house blessed, two women share a moment over handicraft and birds.
  • Enjoying a meeting
  • Two women conversing
  • An avian onlooker listens carefully to grandmothers advice.
  • A woman gets her fortune told by a roadside witch.
  • Two ladies gossiping in a summer house
  • The green-skinned woman and the fair-skinned woman chat in a pavilion with a peacock on the roof
  • Girls having conversation
  • Again, excellent display of aesthetics and an artist's tools, with the very slightly bland pastels offset by the skilled placement of the peacock and framing dark trees.
  • A peacock watches over two women.
  • Peaceful
  • A god and a princess converse in a garden pavilion.
  • A tale- a divine being presenting a mortal with a gift
  • Not sure
  • One woman visits another and engages in a conversation inside of a pergola with a peacock on the roof.
  • Two women conversing in a room, in the same world but different
  • Peacock and bottles. Nice colors.
  • Two women sitting in a gazebo having a conversation.

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