The Best Defense is a Good Hamsa


Guy Ben-Ari & Leah Wolff
The Best Defense is a Good Hamsa, 2012
Clay and glaze
Various sizes

Guy Ben-Ari and Leah Wolff present The Best Defense is a Good Hamsa, which features ceramic hamsa-decorated objects as tools of passive and active offense. The hamsa is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and is commonly used in jewelry and wall hangings. Depicting an open right hand, it is considered a sign of protection, providing defense against the evil eye in Christian, Islamic, and Jewish traditions.