The All-Powerful Hand, The ancient symbol of a protective hand is common to Christians, Jews, and Muslims. The five small figures atop the fingers are: Baby Jesus on the thumb; Joseph on the index finger; the Virgin Mary on the middle finger;
The Mezen’s painting is the most ancient among other Russian applied art of the same kind. The craft has been originated at the time of the formation of the first Slavic tribes - Pagan times, before Christianity.
British Folk Art Tate Britain exhibition 2014 Egon Walesch Interior Design - This cockerel was carved by French Prisoners-of-War during the Napoleonic Wars from odds and ends, including mutton bones. Yes, mutton bones!