Hamsa pendant necklace Kurdistan brass
The original pendant was made in Kurdistan in the 19th century and is in the Israel Museum collection.
Hamsa inspired by the pendant of a child’s amuletic necklace
The hamsa (meaning “five” in Arabic) is an amulet in the form of an open palm,
intended to ward off the evil eye and enhance good fortune. In Islamic tradition,
it symbolizes the “hand of Fatima,” the daughter of the prophet Muhammad,
as well as the five tenets of Islam indicated by the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet), and the spreading of the fingers during the Priestly Blessing. The types of
hamsa vary in the specific arrangement of the fingers – whether outspread or tightly
bound, symmetrical or naturalistic – and in the addition of ornaments, such as eyes,
animals, or inscriptions, also believed to carry beneficial powers.SHOW MORE
Weight 150 g Dimensions 18 × 14 × 3 cm
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