Rare mid-century silver Fibula from Ida ou Semlal, Morocco – complete
A stunning complete 1940s silver fibula with a hirz amulet and suspended silver coin dangles. The hirz features traditional green and yellow enamelling, synonymous with the region of Tiznit. One coin is dated 1299 and two are dated 1352 Hijri years, which corresponds to 1881 and 1933 in the Gregorian calendar. Some coins have pieces of coloured Iraqi glass attached. Two old 20 franc coins have been used for pin attachment. This is a really stunning collector’s piece. Wear commensurate with age.
Silver, Iraqi glass, enamel & silver coins
56.5 cm (length pin to pin) cm
Hirz = 5.5 cm x 5.5 cm
Rabaté, M. (2015). Bijoux du Maroc. ACR, Paris-Là Défense, p 36.
Rabaté, M. (2013). Les Fibules. Paris-La Défense: ACR éd. p 160.
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.