A fibula is a brooch or pin for fastening garments. The fibula developed in a variety of shapes, but all were based on the safety-pin principle.Fibula are decorative, symbolic, and functional. The size and weight of the fibula worn by Berber woman indicate her status whilst their shape, the inverted triangle, represent the female form. they also serve as clasps to keep her mantle in place. Craftsmen in the Anti-Atlas Mountains specialise in this unusual form of decoration This one is crafted in 22 karat Gold (There are 2 blurred hallmarks, it is acid tested for 22 karat) and is associated with the Berber Tribes of the Sub- Sahara in Algeria and Morocco, This one is from Algeria as there are snakes in the design and this is typical to Algeria, another well known motif in the piece is the Hamsa (Hand of Fatima) which appears on the bottom of the Fibula thus making a decorative utilitarian piece into an amulet as well. High Quality craftsmanship in the engraving work and in the open piercing work. A Unique Museum Quality Piece in excellent condition.
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