Antique Moroccan Gold-washed Fibulae from Khenifra, Zaiane - Rare
A stunning antique pair of classic ‘beurmil’ pear-shaped fibulae from Khenifra in the Zaïane tribal region of Morocco. They are gold-washed with engraving and chiselled patterns. At the centre of each is bezel-set green glass, and each is adorned with 6 gold-washed coin dangles, date range 1315-1331 Hijri years corresponding to 1897-1913 in the Gregorian calendar. The chains are further embellished with coral beads. A chain attaches the two fibulae together. Threads used for keeping the fibulae intact when worn still tie the coin dangles to the main body of each fibula and to each other, so no part gets separated and lost when wearing.
The condition of these fibulae is very good for their age. Although some of the gold wash has worn off over time due to wear and rubbing on clothing, there remains a lovely patina and a small amount of enamelling. Fabulous collector’s piece.
High-grade silver (tested), gold wash & glass
Overall height inc. pin and coins: 18 cm
Body: 4.9 cm (h) x 3.6 (cm)
165.0 g total