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Two Silver Fibulae (Cloak Clasps)
Draa Vallery, Central Morocco
19th century (one dated 1299 AH or 1882 AD)
length: 10cm & 7.5cm, weight: 31g & 12g (43g combined)
Clasps such as these were used by Berber women in the Draa Valley in central Morocco to attach cloaks about their shoulders to their other garments.
These two are of silver, each applied to an old silver dirham coin from Morocco. One coin has a visible date - 1299 AH or 1882 AD. Both have an excellent
patina consistent with age and use.
References: Splendeurs du Maroc, Musee Royal de l'Afrique Central, Belgium, 1998
Inventory no.: 954
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This Berber woman wears large
fibulae which are visible just
beneath either shoulder.