The hamsa is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and commonly used in jewelry and wall hangings. Depicting the open right hand, an image recognized and used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history, the hamsa is believed to provide defense against the evil eye. The symbol predates Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Early use of the hamsa has been traced to ancient Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq). A universal sign of protection, the image of the open right hand is seen in Mesopotamian artifacts in the amulets of the Qāt Ištar / Inana. In that time, women were under immense pressure and expectation to become mothers. The women’s upbringing was centered on becoming a mother as an exclusive role, and it indicated child bearing as necessary. In addition, it was also thought marriage was a sense of protection for both the man and woman.
Other symbols of divine protection based around the hand include the Hand-of-Venus (or Aphrodite), the Hand-of-Mary that was used to protect women from the evil eye, boost fertility and lactation, promote healthy pregnancies, and strengthen the weak, and in the Buddha’s gesture (mudrā) of teaching and protection.
The Hand of Fatima represents femininity. It is referred as the woman’s holy hand. It is believe to be having extraordinary characteristics that use to protect people from evil and other dangers. This relates to the belief that God exists in everything.
Embrace the Hamsa’s protection with this handmade piece! It’s made of fine wood and depicts the magical symbol.
The measurements are as follows:
15 cm long (5.9 inches)
10 cm wide (3.9 inches)
5 cm high (2 inches)
It would make a beautiful addition to your home decor collection 🙂
If you have any questions feel free to ask!
Happy buying 🙂