Wall Hanging - Black Hamsa
Wall Hanging - Black Hamsa
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Wall Hanging - Black Hamsa

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This stunning wall hanging is a generous 78 x 112 cm, you could use as an altar cloth or as a throw on a bed if you wish.  Made with 100% cotton, it features many vibrant colours on a black background.

The word hamsa comes from the Hebrew word hamesh, meaning five. Hamsa refers to the fact that there are five fingers on the talisman, though some also believe it represents the five books of the Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy). 

In Islam, the hamsa is called the Hand of Fatima, in honour of one of the daughters of the Prophet Mohammed. Some say that, in Islamic tradition, the five fingers represent the Five Pillars of Islam. In fact, one of the most potent early examples of the hamsa in use appears on the Gate of Judgment (Puerta Judiciaria) of the 14th-century Spanish Islamic fortress, the Alhambra. 

Many scholars believe that the hamsa predates both Judaism and Islam, possibly with origins that are entirely non-religious, although ultimately there is no certainty about its origins. 

Symbolism of the Hamsa

In addition to being shaped like an oddly formed hand, the hamsa will often have an eye displayed in the palm of the hand. The eye is thought to be a powerful talisman against the “evil eye”.

 

In modern times, the hamsa is often featured on jewellery, hanging in the home, or as a larger design. However it is displayed, the amulet is thought to bring good luck and happiness.