Enquiry about object: 6469
Moroccan Pair of Silver Fibulae (Tisernas)
Berber People, Morocco 19th-20th century
width (each): 10.1cm, length: 19.2cm, combined weight: 173g
European art market
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This fine pair of cast fibulae or cloak pins are of thickly cast and chiselled silver. They are pierced and engraved with geometric motifs. Each has an attached, central conical protuberance that has been darkened.
They are heavy in the hand, suggesting the wealth of the owner, due to the amount of silver used to make them. They have wonderful wear and a fine patina.
The pair come from the Berber People but local Jewish women also wore similar silver fibulae.
They were used by Berber women to attach cloaks about their shoulders. Chains would have connected the two fibulae which would have hung down the chest of the wearer almost necklace like.
Both are in fine condition with obvious age and wear from use. The cone of one has slight use-related loss to one side.