Small Lantern with Hamsa Amulet
Symbolism abounds in this small lantern made from 19th century metal: the palm-shaped hamsa design is a sign of protection, seen by some as potent protection against the evil eye. Significant in Arabic and Berber culture, the hamsa is one of the national symbols of Algeria and appears in its emblem. Here, the bird head on the thumb is an additional token of prosperity and fertility.
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