Source of image: Selected from traditional designs by Riham Khalil
Embroidery: Iman Shehaby [Tabariyeh], Ain al-Hilweh, Lebanon
This image is familiar in three religions. Jews refer to it as the hand of Miriam, to commemorate the sister of Moses and Aaron. Levantine Christians refer to it as the hand of Mary, mother of Jesus. In Islam, it is known as the hand of Fatima, so named to commemorate Fatima Zahra, Muhammad’s daughter.
Era: British Mandate (1920—1948)