Pair of vintage fibulae from the region of Ida ou Semlal, Morocco
A well-loved pair of fibulae typical of this region. Due to age, the decorative enamel has almost completely worn off. They have a lovely patina. A collector’s item.
Early 20th century
Silver, enamel & glass
20.0 cm (h) x 12.0 cm (w)
105 g & 106 g
Rabaté, M. (2013). Les Fibules. Paris-La Défense: ACR éd. pp. 156-157.
Rabaté, M. (2015). Bijoux du Maroc. ACR, Paris-Là Défense, pp. 28-29.
Fibulae (tizerzai in Tamazight; tabzimt in Arabic) are traditional silver Berber brooches, usually attached together by a chain, which come in pairs and are worn by women to fasten items of clothing together as well as being very decorative items. Women from different regions show their identity by wearing distinctive shaped fibulae, often very ornate. They symbolise feminine fertility.