This charming handmade decorative "Hamsa" by Israeli artist Iris Zonenfeld is always a meaningful gift. The Terra Cotta vertical Hamsah has a stuning composition that features the seven biblical species which the land of Israel was blessed with. This ceramic Hamsah will add a special decorative note on the wall and remind the recipient of Israel.
Size: 17 cm / 6.7 inch
About the artist: Iris Zonenfeld
Iris Zonenfeld shows that in the life of an artist you often start with a profession that is as far from art as only can be until you are lead to the artistic goal. Iris Zonenfeld graduated mathematics and geology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem when she found out that she prefers to express herself in a different way. This was when she discovered that using her hands for creating is what she craved for all her life.
In her Studio in the Golan Heights Iris Zonenfeld‘s work is a combination of classical shapes and contemporary design that gets its inspiration from the land around her. Ceramic works designed by the Iris sonnenfeld are nurtured by the nature, and are inspired by ancient Canaanite objects excavated all over Israel thus combining the primitive with the virtuosic and the traditional with the contemporary.
Hamsa is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and commonly used in jewellery and wall hangings. Depicting the open right hand, an image recognized and used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history, the hamsa provides superstitious defense against the evil eye.
The Hamsa is used to protect against the evil eye. Therefore it can be found on the doors of homes, in automobiles, on charm bracelets, necklaces, and chains. It may include other protective symbols including eyes, fish (an ancient Jewish symbol) and the Star of David. Many Hamsas are colored light blue or have a light blue gem, as this color is also used to ward off the evil eye.
What does the Hamsa (Hamsah) symbolize?
The hamsa means literally “Five” (Arabic: خمسة khomsah, also romanized khamsa, Hebrew: חמסה). The Hamsa (hamsah) is a palm-shaped amulet commonly used in jewelry and wall hangings. Depicting the open right hand, the Hamsa symbolism is an image recognized and used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history, the hamsa (hamsah) is believed to provide defense against the evil eye.
The number 5 is situated at the half-way point on the axis of numbers and symbolizes balance. The number 5 is composed of 1=G-d and 4=Matter. It stands for the Lord s spirit as it was realized in matter, in the form of Man, who serves as a bridge between the two. The number 5 symbolizes Man, blessed with five senses that link him to his surroundings, providing the spiritual being with a material world. The Ears of wheat, which are associated with bread, symbolize plenty, blessings, fertility and the primordial.