Pair of silver mid-century fibulae made by the Ait Atta tribe, Morocco
These large mid-century traditional silver fibulae were made by the nomadic Ait Atta tribe of Morocco. They used casting and moulding methods to produce these beautiful fibulae which were then patterned further by hand by silversmiths. They are now hard to find, especially in such good condition.
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.
Rabaté, M. (2015). Bijoux du Maroc. ACR, Paris-Là Défense. pp .11, 136.
Grammet, I. and Meersman, M. (1998). Splendeurs du Maroc. Tervuren (Belgique): Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale, p. 230.
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.