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Fibula

Date:
first half 20th century
Geography:
Attributed to Algeria, Kabylie
Medium:
Silver, French coin, filigree, coral or imitation coral
Dimensions:
H. 4 13/16 in. (12.2 cm) W. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm) D. 1/4 in. (0.6 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Bequest of Helen Winslow Durkee Mileham, 1954
Accession Number:
55.111.42
Not on view
This fibula is ornamented with brightly colored enamels that are typical of the Kabylie region in Algeria. The central round element is a repurposed 19th century French Franc, which is identifiable from the verso, but has been completely covered over with enamel and large silver granulation on the recto. The pin at the top of the object indicates it would have been used to keep a cloth garment in place, but the circular shape with pendants is also known as "tabzimt" and is sometimes worn attached to a head scarf.
Helen Winslow Durkee Mileham, New York (until d. 1954; bequeathed to MMA)
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