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.