Glass Hamsa Decorations

Welcome to our hand painted Glass Hamsa home decorations collection. Find here unique handmade Glass Hamsas. Our best quality colorful Glass Khamsas were made in Israel under the spirit of the wished peace in the Middle East. The Hamsa is a symbol used in amulets, charms and jewelry to protect against the "evil eye." An alternative Jewish name is the Hand of Miriam, in reference to Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron. The Hamsa Hand, also spelled Khamsa, is a mystic kind of "protecting hand" or "hand of God". Some associate the significance of the five fingers to the five books of the Torah for Jews, the Five Pillars of Islam for Sunnis, or the five People of the Cloak for Shi'ites. This symbolism may have evolved at a later stage, in view of the fact that archaeological evidence suggests the hamsa predates both religions. It is thought by some to have originated with the Phoenicians to honor Tanit who was a patron of Carthage. In recent years some activists for Middle East peace have chosen to wear the hamsa as a symbol of the similarities of origins and tradition between the Islamic and Jewish faiths. An alternative Islamic name for this charm is the Hand of Fatima or Eye of Fatima, in reference to Fatima Zahra, the daughter of Muhammad.

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