Pair of vintage silver fibulae from the Souss valley
These stunning silver fibulae were possibly made by the Chtouka tribe using a mould to produce the intricate detailed patterns. A collector’s item.
Early 20th century
19.5 cm (h) x 9.0 cm (w)
114 g & 118 g
Rabaté, M. (2013). Les Fibules. Paris-La Défense: ACR éd. p 186.
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.