Moroccan hamsa pendant with etched design and red glass jewel.
Length: About 2.25 inches
Width: 1.25 inches
Embellishment: Red glass jewel
Materials: Mixed metals
Metal Color: Silvery, tarnished
Attachment: Bale at the top
Small hamsa pendant with etched design. Mixed metals are a tarnished silvery color. Pendant is a little over 3 inches long and about 2.25 inches wide. Hamsa pendants make great pieces for adding to jewelry projects. This piece is probably from the 1940s or 50s and has seen a some use. There are some marks on the bottom of the pendant that look like this peice has been beaten up a bit. A nice msaller size for a center focal piece on a necklace. Or add to costuming for a bit of good juju!
The hamsa symbol, or Hand of Fatima, is named after the daughter of the prophet Mohammed and is one of the most ancient amuletic symbols still used in modern culture. Adopted by both Islam and Judaism, there is a shared understanding of the symbol's meaning - the ability to ward off the evil eye and attract divine protection. The hamsa shape is a five-fingered hand with a thumb on each side, thus the name 'hamsa' or 'chamsa' which means five in Arabic.