Antique 18th-19th Century Indo Persian Brass Alam Islamic Standard Banner Finial
Antique, 18th-19th century, Islamic, Indo Persian brass standard banner finial alam, in the shape of the protective hand, the five fingers engraved with scrolling foliate patterns, each nail is engraved in Arabic with the names of the five most important figures for the Shia branch of Islam: Muhammad, Fatima, Ali, Husain and Hasan.The center adorned with an elaborate medallion engraved with Arabic calligraphic script, Ya Hussain e Mazloom and Ya Abul Fazl. The hand is riveted to the supporting base with dragon heads and threated rod to be mounted on the top of the standard haft socket.
DIMENSIONS: Height: 29.2 cm (11.5 inches). Width: 17.7 cm (6.97 inches)
The open hand, according to Shi’ah tradition, represents the hand of Fatimah and the five fingers are signifying the family of the Prophet, the beloved five-Panja; Muhammad, Ali, Fatima, Hasan and Husain. The "Hand of Fatimah" is found throughout the Islamic world and is used as a protection from the Evil Eye. Sunnis often say that the open hand represents the five pillars of the faith. It is likely that this symbol originally also represented the White Hand which is often mentioned in the Qur’ans as one of the miraculous signs given to the prophet Moses.
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