Vintage fibulae from Aït Semmeg, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco - rare
This pair of rare silver fibulae were made using a mould to produce this stunning sunray effect. They are adorned with pieces of Mediterranean coral. Beautiful collector’s items.
Early 20th century
Silver & Mediterranean coral
11.0 cm (h) x 4.5 cm (w)
25 g & 25 g
Rabaté, M. (2015). Bijoux du Maroc. ACR, Paris-Là Défense, p 164.
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.