Pair of vintage silver fibulae from Tunisia
A pair of traditional Tunisian silver fibulae with a classic shape. They feature a raised crescent shape encircling a star, a raised fish motif, also raised ‘eyes’ for perceived added protection from harm. They are approximately 80-90 years old. Hallmarked with Moor head. A collector’s item.
11.0 cm (height incl. pin) x 5.0 cm (w)
25 g each
Rabaté, M. (2013). Les Fibules. Paris-La Défense: ACR éd. p 51.
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.