The Hamsa is a Middle Eastern symbol for thousands of years representing the hand of G-d.
Chamsa in Arabic or Hamesh in Hebrew is actually five (or 5 fingers as in a hand).
The Hamsa serves as an amulet to nullify the evil eye (Ayin Harah).
A Hamsa is frequently decorated with an eye, ornate etchings, beads, and gems.
This Hamsa that I found in New Jersey by an Israeli artist is actually one of the largest (almost 2 feet) and one of the most beautiful.
It is made of lacquer over oil paint on wood, and I think weighs about 5-6 pounds.
Each finger is a different and vibrant color, and it has poetry about the hand in life you are dealt and handling life the best you can.
It has a big happy and peaceful face with rosy cheeks and a heart on its forehead.
It is such a magnificent piece that I actually saw it in the window of a fine art store while almost driving by it in a car.
Awesome, beautiful, and G-d should bestow it with the powerful energy to help protect us from all evil and illness, defend us from any bad judgements and dangers, and shower us with his infinite mercy and blessings all the days of our lives. ;-)
(Source Photo: Dori Sobin)