The Hamsa (Arabic: خمسة‎‎ Khamsah, Hebrew: חַמְסָה‎‎, also romanized khamsa), is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and commonly used in jewelry and wall hangings. Depicting the open right hand, an image recognized and used as a sign of protection in many times throughout history, the hamsa is believed to provide defense against the evil eye. It has been theorized that its origins lie in Carthage (modern-day Tunisia) and may have been associated with the goddess Tanit.

Khamsah is an Arabic word that means "five", but also "the five fingers of the hand".[4][5][6] It may also be taken as a reference to the primary number itself."


All the Hamsas on Miller's Pottery website are designed, crafted and coloured with great care in our small, beautiful Melbourne studio. With our hearts and souls invested in each item we make, we hope these beautiful pieces will bless your house and loved ones with good health, joy and happiness.