"Hand of Hamsa with Lotus"
Ceramic Offering Bowl and Incense Burner
I made this ceramic piece with vibrant colors of Joy and Happiness.
Throughout many cultures over time, the Lotus has been a powerful image and a spiritual symbol.
In Hindu, Buddhist and Egyptian religions, the lotus is considered a sacred flower.
Among it's many meanings and significance, the lotus is a symbol of "spontaneous" generation,
and so it also represents divine birth, spiritual development and creation itself.
The Hamsa amulet is popular throughout North Africa, and commonly used in jewelry and wall
hangings. The Hand (Khamsa), particularly the pen right hand, is a sign of protection that also
represents blessings, power, and strength, and is seen as potent in deflecting the evil eye.
It is also known as the hand of Fatima, so named to commemorate Muhammad's daughter Fatima
Zahra. Christians call it the hand of Mary, for the mother of Jesus. Following its incorporation into
Jewish tradition via its widespread use in the Islamic world, it was also renamed the hand of
Miriam for Miriam, sister of Moses.
I designed this piece to be used for a multitude of purposes and functions. It has 2 ways to burn
incense. You can burn the stick incense with the hole holder in the fingertips, or standing straight
up on the hole in the Lotus. You can also set cone style incense right on the Lotus center.
You can use this dish for offerings including dry herbs or for crystal charging meditations in the
moonlight. Use it for smudging and resin burning. Or maybe for a ring/jewelry dish or soap?
Lots of imaginative ideas and functions!
I personally use this style bowl/dish for incense burning and crystals. When I wake up each
morning, I love putting my favorite stones that appeal to me that day in the bowl/dish so that I can
have them near me at my work station or desk to have their energy near by and light some
incense in gratitude of a new day! I do the same thing at night, putting stones, or small mementos
in the bowl/dish near my bedside, for mediation, healing, or for remembering.
* It is dishwasher safe, (I would make sure to put it on the top shelf).
The bottom is unsigned and has remnants of the stain I used in the glazing and firing process, but
does not effect the design at all, the colors just ran in the firing process. There is a tiny spot on
the front of the piece that the glaze had a bubble so the color did not stick, again this does not
effect the design or function of the piece. It is a one of a kind handmade item.
I set an energy into the bowl as I am making the piece and also do a little ceremony before I ship
it to you! I smudge it with sage and set sound resonance into the piece with tuning forks which
harmonize with the Earth's Ohm resonance. I do these things just to charge my artwork and
creation with beautiful intentions of healing, abundance, joy, and peace. You can also do this with
your own intentions when you receive it.
It measures 5.5 inches in length and 4 inches in width.
(The crystals shown in the photo do not come with the dish, this is just an example).
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