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Hamsa
HAMSA:   The Hamsa Hand is a sign of protection that also represents blessings, power, and strength, and is seen as potent in deflecting the evil eye. It is also painted in red (sometimes using the blood of a sacrificed animal) on the walls of houses for protection, or painted or hung on the doorways of rooms, such as those of an expectant mother or new baby. The hand can be depicted with the fingers spread apart to ward off evil, or as closed together to bring good luck. Highly stylized versions may be difficult to recognize as hands, and can consist of five circles representing the fingers, situated around a central circle representing the palm. This Hamsa was chosen to complete the artist's collection of Jewish artifacts and historical pieces.

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