.Original Encaustic Hamsa hands by artist Ivette Kjelsrud. The Hamsa Hand is a universal sign of protection, power and strength that dates back to ancient Mesopotamia. It's a Middle Eastern amulet symbolizing the Hand of God. In all faiths it is a protective sign. It brings its owner happiness, luck, health, and good fortune. The word “Hamsa” means “five,” representing the fingers of the right hand. For Hindus and Buddhists, it symbolizes chakras, energy flow in the body, the five senses and the mudras that affect them. I sculpt each hamsa from clay and finish it with encaustic wax and pigments which makes each hand an original sculpture and painting in itself. An adhesive hook is placed on the back of the hand for easy wall hanging. Free Shipping in the US.