This charming handmade decorative "Hamsa" by Israeli artist Iris Zonenfeld is always a meaningful gift. The Royal Blue 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.
The Hamsa hand (Arabic) is an old and still popular apotropaic amulet for magical protection from the envious or evil eye. Hamsa means "five" and refer to the digits on the hand. An alternative Islamic name for this charm is the Hand of Fatima, in reference to the daughter of Mohammed. An alternative Jewish name for it is the Hand of Miriam, in reference to the sister of Moses and Aaron.
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.
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.