Fibula

A work made of silver, enamel, and glass.

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  • A work made of silver, enamel, and glass.

Date:

Early 20th century

Artist:

Ida ou Nadif
Anti-Atlas Mountains region, Morocco
Northern Africa and the Sahel

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.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Ida Ou Nadif

Title

Fibula

Origin

Anti-Atlas

Date

1900–1950

Medium

Silver, enamel, and glass

Dimensions

132.1 × 152. cm (52 × 6 in.)

Credit Line

Edward E. Ayer Endowment in memory of Charles L. Hutchinson

Reference Number

2002.273

Extended information about this artwork

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