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Arts of the Islamic World

On View: African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
Fibulae are ornamental clasps. The Berbers use them to hold down scarves and keep capes in place. The central egg-shaped form known as a taguemount symbolizes fertility. The presence of the Star of David on this piece suggests that the artist may have been Jewish, as were many of the silversmiths of Morocco from the fifteenth century until the 1950s or 1960s.
MEDIUM Silver, with chased decoration, inlaid with coral and carnelian
DATES 20th century
DIMENSIONS Fibula: length: 30 1/4 in.  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
CREDIT LINE Gift of Dr. Virgil H. Bird
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CAPTION Fibula, 20th century. Silver, with chased decoration, inlaid with coral and carnelian, Fibula: length: 30 1/4 in. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. Virgil H. Bird, 1995.178.1. Creative Commons-BY
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