here's a nice verbal nod to that pre-verbal gesture, the schticky prestidigitation of the musical hand (swiped from here):

His handpalm lifted, his handshell cupped, his handsign pointed, his handheart mated, his handaxe risen, his handleaf fallen. Helpsome hand that holemost heals! What is het holy! It gested. (Finnegans Wake)

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