Saturday, October 31, 2009
CALLING ALL ARTISTS!!! Join The Janice Charach Gallery and create a Hamsa for our next gallery opening! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. We have 200 to hand outand you are required to use our templete.
Artist sets the price, 50/50 split.
The hamsa hand is an old and still popular amulet for magical protection from the envious or evil eye. The words hamsa and hamesh mean "five" and refer to the digits on the hand. An alternative Islamic name for this charm is the Hand of Fatima, in reference to the daughter of Mohammed. An alternative Jewish name for it is the Hand of Miriam, in reference to the sister of Moses and Aaron. The hamsa hand appears both in a two-thumbed, bilaterally symmetrical form. There is good archaeological evidence to suggest that the downward-pointing protective hamsa hand predates both Judaism and Islam and that it refers to an ancient Middle Eastern goddess whose hand wards off the evil eye.