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Fibulae (bzim or khelala)
Tétouan, Morocco
Late 19th century
Gold, hammered, engraved, and pierced
L: 8; W: 3.5 cm
Purchased through the gift of Baroness Alix de Rothschild, Paris
Accession number: B71.0545

Pairs of gold pins set with pearls and semiprecious stones were worn in the cities, while village women wore silver. The fibula consists of a large needle pushed into the garment, and a ring to secure it. Women probably fastened their clothing similarly in antiquity, using a thorn.


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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