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Fibula

Date:
19th–20th century
Geography:
Attributed to Morocco
Medium:
Silver, twisted wire filigree, imitation coral
Dimensions:
H: 6 in. (15.2 cm)
W: 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Paul Cauvin, 1967
Accession Number:
67.145.10
Not on view
Perhaps the most well-known form of North African Berber jewelry is the triangular shaped fibula known as "tizerais." Such pins were worn at the shoulder to fasten cloth garments. While coral was a much valued gemstone in Berber culture, plastic imitation is often found as an affordable substitute in jewelry from the 20th century.
Mrs. Paul Cauvin, New York (until 1967; gifted to MMA)
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