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Close up of Cave 1: Figure at left, second couple. Her finely executed face has a dark complexion and she wears large earrings and a tilaka* (red spot) on her forehead. The image includes the lower part of her heavily ornate headdress. *Or Bindi, a symbolic, traditionally red-colored dot on forehead used by Hindu women from historical times or also used simply as an ornamental mark. Worn at the parting of the hair directly above middle of forehead, a red-dot indicates a married woman.