Protection

Mixed media; pewter sculpture and acrylic on board. Overall frame size 36 x 48cm. £820

Crossing the fingers is one of the most common superstitions used today. I wanted to explore the meaning and origins of this gesture.

The superstition is believed to have originated in pre-Christian times when people would wish on variations of the cross, such as the solar cross, to ward off evil. It was believed that good spirits lived at the intersection of crosses, so one person would extend their index finger while a second person would respond by placing their finger on top, thus forming a cross, in the hope that spirits would keep them safe.

In Christian symbolism, crossing the fingers is a way of asking for protection. Early Christians would cross their fingers in times of major threats such as floods, sickness or even witchcraft.

But beware, there are certain cultures where this symbol is not welcome and can be seen as offensive and aggressive. Apparently, in Vietnam you might get an unwelcome reaction if you were to use the gesture in public!

The mould that I used to create the pewter sculpture has been destroyed. The pewter is lead-free and conforms to the relevant European Standard.

This is a one-off original painting. It comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

This piece is framed in a floating frame. The frame is 30mm deep and 20mm wide.