Painted Khamsa Hand of Fatima made of Hand Carved Metal and Processed Leather Back
S - 3 3/4" W x 5" H
L - 5" W x 6 3/4" H
The Hamsa, also Romanized Khamsa, 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 and is believed to provide defense against the evil eye. The symbol originated in Punic Carthage, modern-day Tunisia, and was associated with the Goddess Tanit.
Khamsah is an Arabic word that means "five", but also "the five fingers of the hand". It may also be taken as a reference to the primary number itself.
The Hand Khamsa, particularly the open right hand, is a sign of protection that also represents blessings, power and strength, and is seen as potent in deflecting the evil eye.
Style #: HD169