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This piece is intended to welcome many blessings to one�s home � protection, security, warmth and harmony.
I�ve chosen the snail shell to represent the Home in this piece. The snail carries its home with it, a safe place of protection that is a part of its being. This secure shell also has the form of a spiral, which is one of the most ancient symbols in human art, signifying outward growth and cyclic expansion.
The hamsa, or �Hand of Fatima� is an ancient Arabic amulet of protection. The eye on the palm is a counter for the curse of the Evil Eye, thought to be cast by an envious gaze.
Flaming hearts are sheltered by roof-like shapes, suggesting a hearth, the social center of a house, as a source of warmth, light and love.
Sprigs of the sage plant are included to represent the Native American belief that burning sage can purify a place; banishing negative energy. It is often used in ceremonies of protection and blessing.
In the corners is the West African adrinkra symbol Fihankra (�house� or �compound�), which signifies safety and security.
At the center is the Chinese character for �harmony�, which is essential for a household�s happiness.
This piece is a celebration of the sacred and safe concept of the Home, a sort of visual prayer, and a perfect housewarming gift!
October 20th, 2010
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