Micrography Hamsa Print

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Micrography - also called micro-calligraphy - consists of minute letters, usually in Hebrew, written in a manner to form an image, whether geometric, abstract, or representational. It is an art form invented in the 9th century by Jewish artists, although the form has expanded to Muslim, Christian and secular communities over the centuries. Traditional micrography is made with black ink, but Rae Antonoff works in color to breathe vibrancy and life into the subjects of her art.

Texts: Song of Songs; Home Blessing; Shma

This Middle Eastern symbol crosses many cultures, including Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Bedouin, and more. It has as many interpretations, but it frequently serves as an amulet that protects against the evil eye, as depicted here. Its an open hand with five fingers (the word "hamsa" comes from the Arabic for "five") and often has other symbols inside it. This rendition includes the seven species of the land of Israel (pomegranates, grapes, figs, olives, dates, wheat, barley), and the dove and rainbow from the story of Noah, symbolizing peace and the covenant that G-d would never again destroy the world by flood.

SIZE: print size 11" x 14", unframed, signed and numbered.