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Fibula (Khelal - moon)
Tunisia
20th century
Silver, cast, hammered, and engraved
Diam: 16 cm
Gift of Charlotte Bergman, Jerusalem
Accession number: B92.0840

This pin is apparently a descendent of the fibula worn by the women of the ancient world. Here, too, it alone carries the whole weight of the fabric composing the women's garment. Over time, various decorations, in various techniques, were added to these pins, and they became decorative objects. The technique used in the decoration can also indicate the wearer's regional affiliation.


From the Israel Museum publications:
Ben Ami, Alia, ed., In All Their Finery: Jewels from the Jewish World, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2002

Exhibitions:
In All Their Finery: Jewels from the Jewish World, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 01/01/2000 - 30/09/2002

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir


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