Moroccan Silver Khamsa + Bronze Salamander Talisman Amulet Pendant - Hand of Fatima
- Measures 2 7/8 inches x 2 3/8 inches with raised/dimensional salamander
- Authentic Berber talisman pendant design with tribe tattoo symbols
- Vintage silver Hand of Fatima, or khamsa, with bronze salamander
- Hand etched tribe symbols
- Weight is 20gm
- Hands are seen as a body part symbolizing protection, human creativity, power and dominance, so a Hand of Fatima shape represents good fortune
- Salamander shapes represent the human soul's search for light, and the reinvention or transformation that often occurs once found
- Silver is believed to have medicinal properties
- Only 1 available
Berber 'Master of Fire' Silversmith
Referred to as tachrouchts, talismanic pendants and charms are believed to offer protection to the wearer, to the object itself, and to serve as a preventive measure to ward off misfortune. One of the most common and often most stylized symbols serving this purpose is the hand and its 5 fingers, sometimes known as Hand of Fatima. A hand in Berber symbols may be represented by the number 5 (khamsa) or an impressionistic representation such as five beads, dots, etc. Hands can also be symbolized by shapes like zig zags and crosses.
Because of the long held Berber belief that gold was evil, traditional jewelry making in rural communities was always done in silver and silver alloys. All metalwork in these tribe villages was created by the 'master of fire,' or village silversmith.
A village silversmith was both feared and respected in tribe society because of his dealings in fire, which were required to bend and mold metal. Fire was associated with the djoun (spirits with supernatural powers who had negative intentions) and devil, so Berbers figured anyone who could create such beautiful objects had to have made a deal with these two entities.