This magnificant Ears of Wheat Hamsa (Chamsa, Hamsah) sculpture from brass is a real a eye catcher.
This Hamsah piece was made by the artist Orna Cohen Boteach. Orna's work is rich in symbols, text and shapes that are woven into both Jewish culture and tradition. Orna Cohen-Boteach a distinguished graduate of the " bezalel " academy of Art and Design one of Israel's most distnighuised art acadamies.
The Wheat Hamsah sculpture measures about 30 cm / 11.8 in height.
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.
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 jewelry is a meaningful and wonderful housewarming gift for friends and family or indeed as a gift for any festive occassion.
What is the symbolism and meaning of the Hamsa hand?
Hamsas always have three extended middle fingers, but there is some variation to how the thumb and pinky fingers appear. Sometimes they are curved outwards as in the example shown above, other times they are just significantly shorter than the middle fingers. Whatever their shape, the thumb and pinky finger are always symmetrical.
In addition to being shaped like an oddly formed hand, many hamsas will have an eye displayed in the palm of the hand. The eye is thought to be a powerful talisman against the “evil eye.” The evil eye is a certain “look” that can cause bad luck for the person at whom it is directed. This “look” often originates with a person, though not always intentionally. Legends about the evil eye give both regular people and those with certain powers the ability to cast the evil eye. In the case of the average Joe, envy is most often cited as the unintentional source of the evil eye.
The 7 Species is proud to carry a large hamsa pendant selection including a hamsa necklace collection, a wall hamsa collection,hamsa earrings, and hamsa bracelets. They are made from sterling silver, gold, pearls, and semi-precious stones.