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Technique:Screen Print
Paper:Black Velvet
Size:13.5 X 23
Markings:Signed & Numbered
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Art of the Week 05/02/07
Club Barby - Tel Aviv, ISR
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silver ink & Colors on Black Paper

(Please note: this is a smaller sized poster for emek, meauring 13.5"x 23" and printed on black paper, which is never quite as dark as it appears on the internet. Thank You)

The Chamsa, hand of G-D, the ancient Evil Eye Talisman, an ancient symbol of the middle east region, still used to this day by both sides of the conflict as protection from Evil... here punkrockified by EMEK

In recent years activists for Middle East peace have chosen to wear the hamsa as a symbol of the similarities of origins and tradition between the Islamic and Jewish faiths- a very controversial idea to many of the older generation.

text reads: For the First time in Israel, friday night in Tel Aviv at Club Barby the Melvins

(and some other "stuff")

13.5" x 23"

The Hamsa or Khamsa -literally "five" in Hebrew. An alternative Islamic name for this charm is the Hand of Fatima or Eye of Fatima, in reference to Fatima Zahra, the daughter of Muhammed. An alternative Jewish name for it is the Hand of Miriam, in reference to Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron as well as the Hamesh Hand. It serves as an ancient talismanic way of averting and getting protection from the evil eye, or more generally of providing a "protecting hand" or the "Hand of G-d". It appears, often in stylised form, as a hand with three fingers raised, and sometimes with two thumbs arranged symmetrically. The symbol is used in amulets, charms, jewelry, door entrances, cars, and other places to ward the evil eye.
Some sources link the significance of the five fingers to the five books of the Torah, part of the Jewish Tanach, or to the Five Pillars of Islam, the core principles of Sunni Islamic faith. This significance may have been attributed after the fact, as considerable archaeological evidence suggests that the hamsa hand predates both religions.

The symbol holds some significance for many Muslims, particularly in the Maghreb, including Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia where it can be readily found in Arab markets. The Hamsa is a talisman to protect against the evil eye. In Egypt it is very widespread, and often painted on the fronts of homes, and into the Middle East, and into India and Pakistan. The Hamsa is widely believed to predate Islam. The symbol is assumed to be previously used in Punic religion, where it was associated with Tanit. Hamsa plaques, usually made of turquoise colored pottery, are readily found in modern Egypt......and can now be found at punk clubs and dorm walls as well..
Sales History
Six Month Average$219.00
Average Price$340.46
Lowest Price$200.00
Highest Price$525.00
Original Price$111.00