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Chilean Atacama Desert – the driest desert on earth, where rain is falling only once every ten or fifteen years. But another interesting fact of Atacama desert is the upraised hand in the middle of sands rising 11 meter toward the sky.

Mario Irarrasabal, the author of this desert masterpiece, wanted to emphasize the vulnerability and helplessness of man in the desert.

"Premonition" Stoneware with engobes, saggar fired with copper wire flashing
12” height , 15” length , 10” width1999

"Premonition" 

Stoneware with engobes, 
saggar fired with copper wire flashing

12” height , 15” length , 10” width
1999

Hand Tattoo by Guy le tatooer

Hand Tattoo by Guy le tatooer

The ancient symbol of a protective hand is common to Christians, Jews, and Muslims. This figure, the Mano Poderosa or All-Powerful Hand, from the late 1800s, is a specifically Catholic version of its Roman predecessor. The five small figures atop the fingers are: Baby Jesus on the thumb; St. Joseph on the index finger; the Virgin Mary on the middle finger; St. Joachim (Mary’s father) on the fourth finger; and St. Anne (Mary’s mother) on the pinkie.
Smithsonian National Museum

The ancient symbol of a protective hand is common to Christians, Jews, and Muslims. This figure, the Mano Poderosa or All-Powerful Hand, from the late 1800s, is a specifically Catholic version of its Roman predecessor. The five small figures atop the fingers are: Baby Jesus on the thumb; St. Joseph on the index finger; the Virgin Mary on the middle finger; St. Joachim (Mary’s father) on the fourth finger; and St. Anne (Mary’s mother) on the pinkie.

Smithsonian National Museum

Mano Poderosa (The All-Powerful Hand), or Las Cinco Personas (The Five Persons)
Oil on metal
 

Mano Poderosa (The All-Powerful Hand), or Las Cinco Personas (The Five Persons)

Oil on metal

 

Painted Wooden Hand - Front Porch

Painted Wooden Hand - Front Porch

Sang Sik Hong - Hand Sculpture made from Drinking Straws 

Sang Sik Hong - Hand Sculpture made from Drinking Straws 

Hand Silhouette - Daniel Seung Lee

Hand Silhouette - Daniel Seung Lee

Electrograph 

Electrograph 

integrated within nature

integrated within nature

Jewelry Boxes on My Bookshelf

Jewelry Boxes on My Bookshelf

Primary Colors

Primary Colors

Stained Glass Hamsa

Stained Glass Hamsa

Just A Finger Gives Security, Safety, Protection   -  From The 2010 National Geographic Photography Contest

Just A Finger Gives Security, Safety, Protection   -  From The 2010 National Geographic Photography Contest

Study for Rosalind and Orlando - By Harold Speed 

Study for Rosalind and Orlando - By Harold Speed