Sindoor or vermilion holds a great importance in Indian society. Married women apply sindoor in the parting of hair as an auspicious symbol and it also ensures good luck, well being and longevity of their husbands.
This young lady stands on a two layered artistically patterned three sided pedestal with legs crossed like that in a dance pose. She is applying vermilion with left hand while looking in the small round mirror with a slight smile on her face, showing off her feminism and feels delighted of her marriage. The thought of her husband in her mind while applying vermilion enables her to dance beautifully in joy. She wears a splendid dhoti having picturesque patterns carved horizontally and a similar pattern is on her blouse. The stole hanging around her neck is vivaciously designed, hanging beautifully at the sides. Appealing jewels are very aptly and delicately adorned over her body; hair tied neatly in a bun at the side symbolizing her grace and style.
This sculpture is inspired by Khajuraho town’s (place in Madhay Pradesh) artistry, as it is famous for its erotic sculptures. It is one of the seven wonders of India, its temples are dedicated to Hinduism and Jainism religions.