Fibulae (tizerzai)
On View In:
Gallery 254
Artist:   Artist Unknown  
Title:   Fibulae (tizerzai)  
Date:   late 19th-early 20th century  
Medium:   Silver, enamel, coins, glass cabuchon  
Dimensions:   21 x 6 1/2 in. (53.34 x 16.51 cm) (each element)  
Credit Line:   The Christina N. and Swan J. Turnblad Memorial Fund  
Location:   Gallery 254  

Berber women in southwestern Morocco wore massive triangular brooches with a pin and clasp to fasten draped garments at their shoulders. Pointed items like these pins are shown popping and bursting the evil eye in North African mosaics from the Roman period. But besides its protective function, this jewelry promoted female fertility, as symbolized by the silver enameled egg attached to the decorative band connecting the brooches.

Name:   Artist Unknown  

Object Description  
Classification:   Adornment  
Physical Description:   Fibula with Chain Connector metal, green, blue, and red glass; green, yellow, and red enamel; coins  
Creation Place:   Africa, Morocco, North Africa region, ,  
Accession #:   91.141.16  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts