TheStudyofThings... Hand of Mary

I found this wooden stamp the other day and I'm particularly fond of it.

Visually, I find it beautiful but I know there is much history and messages to this hand in various faiths.  I kind of love that.  I remember seeing it in my brother-in-law's home once, he is Israeli and I was intrigued because I didn't realise it was an Israeli symbol, amongst others.


4.5" x 4.5" Stretched Canvas, The Study of Things #1

This is what I've found out...

  • In Judaism they refer to it as the hand of Miriam, to honor the sister of Moses.
  • In Levantine Christianity it’s known as the hand of Mother Mary, after Jesus’ mother.
  • In Islam it’s known as the hand of Fatima, after Muhammad’s daughter.

I loved painting this wooden block.  I wasn't sure I was going to be able to do it.  I started slowly and procrastinated a bit.  I worked in stages until it appeared and I was a little surprised when it turned out how I hoped.  I am delighted.