Fatima and her Hand – a Protection Symbol

Hamsa is a hand-shaped amulet believed to protect against the evil eye. It is an ancient symbol in the shape of an open right hand, present in Judaism, Islam and Christianity. In Christianity we call it the Hand of Mary, while it is the hand of Miriam in Judaism and the Hand of Fatima, the daughter of Mohammed, in Islam. Today is it a very popular symbol in decor and jewelry. It’s made into necklaces and bracelets, adorned with pearls and gemstones. It appears as a door-knob and even tatoos.

Having been familiar with the symbol since high-school, I fell some special attachment to it after I visited Morocco for the first time. Alongside the famous Turkish blue eye, hamsa is a beautiful way to protect a home from the evil eye.

Found on mycraftwork.com

Found on mycraftwork.com

 

Found on blog.louandfriends.se

Found on blog.louandfriends.se

Found on flickriver.com

Found on flickriver.com

Found on fashionkitten.com

Found on fashionkitten.com

Found on wanelo.com

Found on wanelo.com

This one looks like a reproduction (perhaps not – I don’t claim to be an expert!) of antique Berber necklaces with Sahara stones that are ridiculously expensive nowadays:

Found on etsy.com

Found on etsy.com

This is a good example of a modern-day gold hamsa necklace you will easily find around:

Found on ahalife.com

Found on ahalife.com

And this is my personal favorite – I find this tiny “sideways” hamsa coquettishly sexy:

Found on etsy.com

Found on etsy.com

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