Jesus and the two fingered salute
Is anybody aware of the origins of the hand gesture Jesus is often depicted as making in many artistic representations?
I'm talking about the little finger and ring finger being pressed to the palm while the other two fingers are held together and the palm is pointing in the general area of the place to be blessed.
Here are some examples of what I'm talking about:
Little Jebus doing his thing from an early age:
Freaky Byzantine Christ: http://mattstone.blogs.com/photos/celtic_icons/christ_byzantinec550.jpg
A slightly smaller image:
Why this particular hand configuration?