A Tzuki Art Hamsa is bursting with life and colour.
This Jerusalem Wall hanging hand made Hamsa is a unique gift. In Jewish tradition, the Hamsa hand is believed to bring good fortune, success or any kind of positive energy while warding off the evil eye.
The design features vivid images of the city of Jerusalem. Made of laser cut metal, the Hamsa hand is entirely hand-painted.
The Jewish hamsa is the kabbalah symbol of an extended hand and literally means “fivefold” (from “chamesh”, five); it is usually drawn artificially stylized so that thumb and pinky are identical lengths and the hand is symmetrical rather than left or right. This symbolism is founded on the five books of Torah.
Note: Each item is hand painted so some colour shades may vary.
The product is hand painted and there might be slight variations to the colouring that is shown in the main photograph.
Height: 9.2 inches (23.5 cm)
Length: 5.1 inches (13 cm)
How it is made?
Formed from cold rolled steel, recycled metal, which has been laser cut, galvanised, spray and hand painted.
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5 Facts about the Kabbalah Hamsa Hand
1.The Jewish hamsa is the kabbalah symbol of an extended hand and literally means “fivefold” (from “chamesh”, five); it is usually drawn artificially stylized so that thumb and pinky are identical lengths and the hand is symmetrical rather than left or right. This symbolism is founded on the five books of Torah.
2.The oldest hamsa hand symbol is known archaeologically to predate the Exodus. It is probable that the first Jewish hamsa was actually the letter kaf itself, which in the older script clearly resembled a hand, but in the current square script shows only the curve of the outermost thumb and pinky (the “wings” of the letter kaf). The open hand of kaf corresponds to the good eye and generosity, just as the closed fist corresponds to the evil eye and greed, and is represented by yodh, the smallest letter of the alefbeth.
3.The symbol of the hand, and often of priestly hands, appears in kabbalistic manuscripts and amulets, doubling as the letter shin, the first letter of the divine name Shaddai. This mapping of the human hand over the divine name and hand might have had the effect of creating a bridge between the worshipper and God.
4."Hamsa" is the Arabic word for five. It is customary for Arabs and Jews from the Middle East to raise their hand (five fingers) for good luck and against (Ayin Hara) an evil eye. In Exodus 17:11, we see that when Moses raised his hand, the Jews were successful in battle against Amalek. Conceivably, this is where it originated.
5.With the growing interest in Kabbalah and its mystical world, the Hamsa Hand motif has entered the field of Jewelry accessories. Hamsa is a popular motif in Kabbalah jewelry which often draws on symbols that are believed to fight off negative energies. The famous phrase "evil eye" refers to such beliefs, for example, that any envious stares, whether intentional or not may bring about bad luck and misfortune. The discussion over the nature and effects of the evil eye tend to vary from culture to culture, but there is a common agreement about its negative potential.
The Kabbalah discusses lengthily the possible destructive effects of the Evil Eye, and how it may become an obstacle from realizing out dreams and wishes. Kabbalah uses a red string to fight the evil eye. Hamsa hand is another example of a Jewish talisman that works against the Evil Eye