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

Morocco

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

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