The All-Powerful Hand

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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
late 19th century
Caban Group
Caban Group
Physical Description
handmade (overall production method/technique)
wood; paint; metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 25.6 cm x 9.3 cm x 6.4 cm; 10 1/16 in x 3 11/16 in x 2 1/2 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico: Arecibo, Camuy
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Cultures & Communities
Puerto Rico
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title (Spanish)
La Mano Poderosa
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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