Healing Hand Barrette
This emerald green glass barrette features the Hand of Buddha, which in this position is called Abhaya Mudra, and is credited with "imparting fearlessness". It's also known more generically as a "healing hand" and is popular with practitioners of both reiki and massage.
This symbol is also called a "Hamsa", an Egyptian symbol of protection, (although the Hamsa usually contains something more representative of an eye in the middle).
Handmade in my rural Ohio glass studio, this barrette measures between 3 1/2" and 3 3/4" (9 - 10 cm long) and around 1" (25 mm) wide. I've had some people look askance at a glass barrette, but really, they hold up pretty well. A direct hit on ceramic tile might do it in, but I'm a rough and tumble kind of girl - work hard, play hard, and despite my chucking them up on my dashboard in the car and dropping them occasionally on my bathroom floor (linoleum) all of mine are fine :) and continue to wear well.
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