"frieze of red hand-prints"

Suttee palmprints at Jodhpur
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The Hindu ceremony of suttee involved a widowed woman burning on her husband's funeral pyre in a ritual of suicide.  As she passed through the Suttee Gate on her way to the pyre, she would traditionally dip her hand into red dye and leave her hand print on the gate.