Some of the uses of the image of praying hands include decorative artwork, tattoos and as an emoji for text messages and Internet communications. This image originated in a picture titled "Praying Hands," created by Albrecht Dürer in 1508.
"Praying Hands" was originally painted on an altarpiece in the 16th century; it was destroyed in a fire in the 17th century. This painting is Dürer's most famous creation due to its religious significance, and there has been much debate regarding whose hands are in the image. "Praying Hands" is often found in German households and has appeared in many art magazines.