hand of suttee
640 x 510
painting, collage, gilding
canvas board, wooden frame, bindis,
henna template, key, gold thread,
gauze bandages, gold leaf, nails,
dhoti fragment, acrylic paints
On the funeral ghats beside the Ganges in Varanasi one sees hand prints left by the women who, while very much alive, joined their deceased spouse on the funeral pyre.
I’m told that this practice – suttee – is outlawed in India.
But that it still happens.