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Vintage Hamsa Hand Judaism Jewish Camel Necklace Israel Judah Yiddish Rare For Sale
Hamsa Hand Judaism Jewish Hamesh Camel Necklace Israel Judah Yiddish RARE
A wonderful necklace
with the Hamsa on one side and a Camel on the other. It has an ornate backing
between the sides. The pendant measures aprox 2” x 2.5”. The chain is aprox 20”
This is a
rare find and in beautiful condition! I know the new owner will be pleased with
In the wake
of the renewed interest in Mizrahi folklore and customs in Israel, use of the
hamsa has become trendy. It has been described as "an icon of Israeliness
and secularity," although its symbolism is by no means all pervading or
universal. As a 'good luck' charm, it
appears on necklaces, keychains, postcards, telephone and lottery cards, and in
“hamsa” comes from the Hebrew word “hamesh,” which means five. “Hamsa” refers
to the fact that there are five fingers on the talisman, though some also
believe it represents the five books of the Torah.
predates Christianity and Islam. Levantine Christians call it the hand of Mary,
for the Virgin Mary. Jews refer to it as the Hand of Miriam in remembrance of
the biblical Miriam, sister of Moses and Aaron.
Early use of
the hamsa has been traced to ancient Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq). A universal
sign of protection, the image of the open right hand is seen in Mesopotamian
artifacts in the amulets of the Qāt Ištar and the Qāt Inana and in the Buddha's
gesture (mudrā) of teaching and protection.
Other symbols of divine protection based
around the hand include the Hand-of-Venus (or Aphrodite) and the Hand-of-Mary
that was used to protect women from the evil eye, boost fertility and
lactation, promote healthy pregnancies, and strengthen the weak.
postulates a connection between the khamsa and the Mano Pantea (or
Hand-of-the-All-Goddess), an amulet known to ancient Egyptians as the Two
Fingers. In this amulet, the Two Fingers represent Isis and Osiris and the
thumb, their child Horus and it was used to invoke the protective spirits of
parents over their child.
Another theory traces the origins of the hamsa
to Carthage (Phoenicia) where the hand (or in some cases vulva) of the supreme
deity Tanit was used to ward off the evil eye.
indicate that it is known to Europeans as the "hand of Fatima" or
"hands of Fatima”.
The hamsa's path into Jewish culture, and its
popularity particularly in Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewish communities, can be
traced through its use in Islam.
"favorite Muslim talisman" became a part of Jewish tradition in North
African and Middle Eastern Muslim countries. The symbol of the hand appears in
Kabbalistic manuscripts and amulets, doubling as the Hebrew letter
"shin," the first letter of "Shaddai," one of the names
referring to God.
holds recognition as a bearer of good fortune among Christians in the region as
well. Levantine Christians call it the hand of Mary (Arabic: Kef Miryam, or the
"Virgin Mary's Hand").
(Khamsa), particularly the open right hand, is a sign of protection that also
represents blessings, power, and strength, and is seen as potent in deflecting
the evil eye.
protect against evil eye, a malicious stare believed to be able to cause
illness, death, or just general unluckiness, hamsas often contain an eye
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Vintage Hamsa Hand Judaism Jewish Camel Necklace Israel Judah Yiddish Rare: $46