Hamsa

Mosaic Judaica Mixed Media Embellished Hamsa/three fish/ Evil Eye /Bar/Nat mitzvah/Housewarming

$181.50

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    The Hamsa is a protective amulet known in many religions including Judaism, Sunni, and Islam. This hamsa has a Star of David and the hebrew letter 'chai' as well as three fish in a gold tone design. In Judaism, the hamsa sometimes is decorated with fish. This is because in the Talmud it says fish are immune from the evil eye since they live in water. The hamsa is just a part of Jewish/ /Islamic/Israeli superstition and not part of the actual religion.

    These symbols combine together in this decorative creation for the home. This whimsical and unique creation is mosaiced with hand cut and grinded iridescent stained glass, glitter tile, iridescent tiles, and covered on edges with iridescent tile tesserae. Vintage rhinestones, vintage Swarovski crystal findings and other gold toned unique jewelry findings are added using epoxy putty that dries hard to make this a one of a kind work of art!

    The back is covered with black felt and spacers for a finished look. It can be hung from a wall picture hook (hook is not provided) or placed on an easel stand. Hamsas are usually hung near a doorway for protection from evil intrusions and for good luck. For indoor use only.

    A pretty Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Holiday, Housewarming, Bar or Bat Mitzvah or Birthday gift for that special someone to hang on the wall and be admired and be reminded of the special someone who gifted it. Iridescent glass sparkles in the light at different angles, everchanging. The rhinestones glitter like diamonds in the light. The hamsa is 7.0" by 6.0" at its widest point and hangs from a 5.0" hand beaded (blown glass with multicolor pigments and natural stone beads) nylon filament attached through a tiny hole at top. This color coordinated hanger accentuates the colors of the hamsa. The glass bead is very special as it is inspired by the artist Gustav Klimt with the gold flecks. There is a lot of detail and created with lots of love by me. I would love for this unique hamsa to find a special home!

    Some background on the meaning of the Hamsa and mandalas : (source: https://jewelryinfoplace.com/symbolism-in-jewelry/#1; Pelaia, Ariela. "What Does the Chai Symbol Signify for Jews?" ThoughtCo, Jun. 7, 2017, thoughtco.com/chai-in-judaism-2076800. )

    Chai (חי) is a Hebrew word and symbol that means “life,” "alive" or "living." It is spelled with the Hebrew letters Het (ח) and Yud (י). Jews will often wear a Chai on a necklace in the form of a medallion or amulet, sometimes along with with a Star of David or Hamsa. Chai is usually pronounced like the English word "hi" or "high."

    History of the Symbol
    Use of Chai as a symbol appears to date back to medieval Spain, and its use as a wearable amulet was seen 18th century Eastern Europe. In medieval Kabbalah, Chai was the lowest emanation of God, lying closest to the physical plane.

    The Symbolic Meaning of Chai
    Judaism is a religion that emphasizes the importance of life. Jews are encouraged to be good, ethical people (mensches) and enjoy the time they are given on Earth. A common Jewish toast is “l’chaim!,” which means, “to life!.” It is said at celebrations in anticipation of all the good things to come.

    Because it means “life,” the Chai is consequently a symbol that captures an important aspect of Judaism. For Jews, Chaim symbolizes the value of life and the hope that supports it. It also represents the will to live and serves as a reminder to the Jews to live and protect life.

    According to the gematria, which is a mystical tradition that assigns a numerological value to Hebrew letters, the letters Het (ח) and Yud (י) add up to the number 18. The Het has a value of 8 and the yud has a value of 10.

    As a result, 18 is a popular number that represents good luck. At weddings, bar mitzvahs and other events Jews often give gifts of money in multiples of 18, symbolically giving the recipient the gift of “life” or luck.

    The Hamsa Hand is an ancient Middle Eastern amulet symbolizing the Hand of God. In all faiths it is a protective sign. It brings its owner happiness, luck, health, and good fortune.

    The hamsa hand has a wide variety of different spellings which includes hamesh, hamsa, chamsa, and khamsa. It is also identified as the Hand of Miriam, Aaron and Moses’s sister, and the Hand of Fatima. The hamsa hand has two main styles. One style is shaped like a regular hand, and the other has two symmetrical thumbs. The second of the two styles is the most popular. The wearer (as in jewelry) of the hamsa hand can wear it facing up or down and it is believed to give the owner success, harmony, and protection from the “Ayin Ha’ra,” also known as The Evil Eye.

    The hamsa hand meaning has a variety of interpretations, depending on the culture. The word, “hamsa,” derives its name from the five fingers on the hand. In Hebrew, the number five is “hamesh” and the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is “Hey,” one of God’s holy names. “Hamesh” is representative of the five books of the Torah. In Judaism, it is also interpreted to be the Hand of Miriam, and symbolic of the owner’s five senses in an effort to praise God.

    In Arabic, it is “khamesh.” In the Sunni culture, the hamsa is associated with the Five Pillars of Islam. For the Shi’tes, it symbolizes the Five People of the Cloak. In the Islamic faith, it symbolizes as The Hand of Fatima, the daughter of the Prophet Mohammed.

    The hamsa hand sometimes includes an evil eye symbol, which is thought to protect against the evil eye. It is often worn as a pendant on a necklace but also is found on key chains, house decorations, baby carriages, and other jewelry items.
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