Very Rare bronze hand with Arabic text on the front and strange picture on the back. The cast bronze had thick layer of green oxidation before cleaning, almost certainly has been in the ground for a long time. It may very well have belonged to the (Shia) Lawathi community in Muttrah who have lived there for a long period. Carter (ref 1) shows a silver hand that is used on top of a staff used for ceremonial purposes by the Hyderabadiys of Muttrah.
Zwemer writes in 1920 (ref 2) "In Persia , blue beads and turquoises are used and little metal hands called "the hand of Ali" A large hand of Ali fastened to the top of a pole is worshipped in a mountain village near Tabriz; It was brought to the city , but not liking it, says the legend , went back by itself. It is taken on a yearly pilgrimage to Mecca"