Brass Wall Hamsah with Birds
In this hamsa, modeled on part of a synagogue lamp pendant, two birds flank a Star of David, in the center of which is the Hebrew letter heh – the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet and an abbreviation of God’s name. The hamsa (meaning “five” in Arabic) is an amulet in the shape of an open hand, intended to ward off the evil eye and enhance good fortune. The stylized bird is a familiar decorative motif on Jewish ceremonial art from North Africa. The hamsa (hand) shape has been used since ancient times as a symbol of luck, protection, or healing.
This item comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and a description of its history in English and Hebrew.
5" X 5.5"