About this artwork
A pair of clasps, or fibulae, worn to fasten dresses just below the shoulders, is a traditional part of an Imazighen woman’s wardrobe. This large pair of fibulae showcases a demanding metalworking technique in which delicate tubes of silver are placed side by side and soldered together to create a lacelike surface. Across North Africa, Jewish artisans dominated the production of jewelry until the mid-20th century, working for Jewish, Muslim, and Christian clients.
- Ida Ou Nadif
- Silver, enamel, and glass
- 132.1 × 152. cm (52 × 6 in.)
- Edward E. Ayer Endowment in memory of Charles L. Hutchinson