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„Revealing peeling - hands on“

from the gallery of Marjolein Katsma
Description:

A neatly-painted pinkish wall (a popular color) is already peeling again, revealing cryptic bits of what was underneath – black and red marks on a white background, not enough to make out what it was.

But don’t miss the vague marks on the pink paint: someone put their fingertips and thumbs on it and made these marks. They don’t look like the more abstract ceremonial three horizontal stripes (for Lord Shiva) or the vertical stripes (for Lord Vishnu), the hands are clearly recognizable. Is this just someone ‘leaving their mark’? A type of ‘tagging’ or ‘I was here’ graffiti? Or is there a deeper meaning to this?

I have photographed more walls in South India with similar hand marks, or even hand prints – this is the first example I encountered.

Picture ID: a97a4dd
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Marjolein Katsma 2013-03-28 08:27:48 UTC
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Thank you for the like, Michael!
Marjolein Katsma 2013-03-28 07:45:40 UTC
(creator of the artwork)
Thank you for the like, Hemantha!
Hemantha Arunasiri liked this artwork 2013-03-27 15:47:44 UTC
Marjolein Katsma 2013-03-25 18:56:17 UTC
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Thanks for the likes, Ethna and Peter!

I found more hand prints (and some explanations) during my recent trip in Central India...will post examples as soon as I can.
Peter Benkmann liked this artwork 2013-03-23 14:36:35 UTC
Ethna Gillespie liked this artwork 2012-12-15 02:37:09 UTC
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