These handprints represent women who comitted Sati (alternatively, suttee), “a funeral practice among some Hindu communities in which a recently-widowed woman would either voluntarily or by use of force and coercion immolate herself on her husband’s funeral pyre.”
Upper Paleolithic Female Artists Responsible for Cave Paintings from 40,000 years ago. 200 hand stencils of Gua Tewet cave in Borneo, Spain, were part of the study. National Geographic Society says about three-fourths of the hand stencils found in caves in southern France and northern Spain were probably made by females. The new find that women made cave paintings suggests that women too took the role of hunting.