A hamsa is typically worn or hung as an amulet. The hamsa depicts the open right hand, and in some versions also shows an open eye. Many people believe that a hamsa offers protection against the evil eye, a curse that causes illness and misfortune.
The earliest known depiction of the hamsa was in ancient Mesopotamia. The hamsa is recognized, when displayed, as a symbol that produces good fortune. It is believed to pull negative energy from the universe and replace it with forces of good that promote health and harmony.