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Palermo. Necropoli punica: amuleti in avorio a forma di mano chiaramente ispirati alla sfera religiosa egiziana. -- Punic necropolis: ivory hand shaped amulets  inspired by the Egyptian religious sphere. 6-5th century BC

Palermo, Punic (the people and language of ancient Carthage, related to Phoenician) necropolis: ivory amulets shaped hand clearly inspired by the Egyptian religious sphere.

antique wooden hamsa - Size of a real hand - probably from Persia (18th-19th century)

antique wooden hamsa - Size of a real hand - probably from Persia century) inspiration for the hand placement?

3. The hand of the shrine is made in bronze and is also decorated in zoomorphic and foliate patterns. The hand is in a fist which draws attention to the hand’s distinctive nails.

Saint Lachtin’s Arm Reliquary, ca. 1120 AD, associated with Donoughmore church in Co.

Roman Bronze Hand of Sabazios, 3rd Century ADBronze hands characterized by three raised fingers (thumb, index and middle finger) were offered to the Phrygian deity Sabazios, whose cult developed in Rome during the Empire. They often display a...

Roman Bronze Hand of Sabazios, Century AD. Bronze hands characterized by three raised fingers (thumb, index and middle finger) were offered to the Phrygian deity Sabazios, whose cult developed in Rome during the Empire.

The eye-in-hand is an old and still popular apotropaic amulet for magical protection from the evil eye. Combining the imagery of Greek and Turkish blue all-seeing eye charms with the downward-facing Arab and Israeli hamsa hand, the eye-in-hand is a frequently encountered protective talisman in India and the southern Mediterranean region.

The Eye-In-Hand Amulet, called the hamsa hand, is used for magical protection from the evil eye.

"In an Orthodox convent church dedicated to St. George, at Raychani, a tiny bone is surrounded by an elaborate setting representing the hand of John the Baptist. Such relics are often thought to smell sweetly, and remain in a state of constant preservation despite time and the elements. Raychani’s other relics are said to include slivers of the cross as well."   Photo by John Canning

Reliquary of the hand of John the Baptist. In an Orthodox convent church dedicated to St. George, at Raychani, a tiny bone is surrounded by an elaborate setting representing the hand of John the Baptist.

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Reliquary du bras de Sain Blaise en or repousse e cisele,sur ame de…

Arm Reliquary of Saint Blaise, 1400, Braunschweig, Germany, wood and silver-gilt. The rings are offerings from that date to ca. 1600 in approximate order on each finger.

Arm Reliquary of Saint Blaise (Braunschweig, Germany - wood and silver-gilt, The rings are offerings from that date to in approximate order on each finger.

These clappers in the form of human hands were carved from a single hippopotamus tusk that was split in half. Such percussion instruments were used to keep time during dances or as part of a musical ensemble. These examples, however, were found in a miniature coffin at Amarna and seem to have been part of an offering. Reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1353–1336 B.C.

Pair of Hippopotamus Ivory Clappers -- New Kingdom, Amarna Period, Dynasty Reign of Akhenaten -- Circa BCE -- Middle Egypt, el-Amarna (Akhetaten); King's House at Amarna

Pendant amulet in the form of a  bird / Mesopotamia / Sumerian / 2900-2350 BCE

Pendant amulet in the form of a bird / Mesopotamia Nippur, Sumerian, Medium: Shell, ca.

Terracotta jointed "doll" Period: Classical Date: 5th century B.C. Culture: Greek, Corinthian Medium: Terracotta Dimensions: H. 4 3/4 in. (12 cm) Classification: Terracottas

Terracotta jointed "doll" Period: Classical Date: century B. Culture: Greek, Corinthian Medium: Terracotta Dimensions: H. cm) Classification: Terracottas Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1944 Accession Number:

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