15 Jun 2010


This bookmark with the hand of Fatima (hamsa) is also from Morocco, bought by my sister.

The hamsa is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The hamsa is often incorporated in jewellery and wall hangings, as a defense against the evil eye.
Another Arabic name for the hamsa (or khamsa) is the hand of Fatima, commemorating Fatima Zahra, the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad.

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