Anne Shams Art


Puerta de la Justicia     Purchase Price $ 475

Acrylic and metal leaf on paper

Image 10.5 “ x 13.5 ” Framed 16 x 19

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About Puerta de la Justicia

A Muslim and a Jew walk before the main gate to the Alhambra, the Puerta de la Justicia. Barely visible is a hamsa carved at the top of the keyhole arch of the door. This ancient symbol predates Christianity and Islam. For Muslims it represents the hand of Fatima, the prophet's daughter. For Levantine Christians it represents the hand of the Virgin Mary. It passed into Judaism through Sephardic Jews and represents the hand of Miriam, sister of Moses and Aaron.

A multicultural version of the hamsa, the Peace Hamsa, is currently used in Israel by those who support peace between Jews and Palestinians. It displays a cross, a Star of David and an Islamic crescent and star.