Pair of antique silver fibulae from the region of Ida ou Semlal, Morocco
A well-loved pair of antique silver fibulae from the region of Ida ou Semlal, Morocco. Due to age and usage, the decorative enamel has almost completely worn off, leaving a lovely patina. Stunning items.
Silver, enamel & glass
20.0 cm (h) x 12.0 cm (w)
105 g & 106 g
Rabaté, M. (2013). Les Fibules. Paris-La Défense: ACR éd. pp. 156-157.
Rabaté, M. (2015). Bijoux du Maroc. ACR, Paris-Là Défense, pp. 28-29.
Grammet, I. and Meersman, M. (1998). Splendeurs du Maroc. Tervuren (Belgique): Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale, p. 245.
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.