Pair of silver vintage fibulae from the Draa Valley, Morocco
These large traditional silver fibulae were made by the Ait Atta tribe using a mould to produce the beautiful patterns. A collector’s item.
Mid 20th century
14.5 cm (h) x 7.5 cm (w)
85 g & 89 g
Fisher, A. (1998). Africa Adorned. New York: H. Abrams, pp. 242-243.
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.