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Fibula, One of a Pair

Object Name:
Fibula
Date:
first half 20th century
Geography:
Attributed to Algeria, Kabylie
Medium:
Silver, enamel, imitation coral
Dimensions:
H: 10 in. (25.4 cm) W: 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Bequest of Helen Winslow Durkee Mileham, 1954
Accession Number:
55.111.49
Not on view
Perhaps the most well-known form of North African Berber jewelry is the triangular shaped fibula known as "tizerais." This large pair would have been worn at the shoulder, and is ornamented on the recto and verso with brightly colored enamels that are typical of the Kabylie region in Algeria. Enameling techniques in North African Berber jewelry are believed to have been brought by jewelers exiled from Muslim Spain after the 15th century Reconquista.
Helen Winslow Durkee Mileham, New York (by 1948–d. 1954; bequeathed to MMA)
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