Pair Fibulae – TIZERZAI – Tiznit Region, South Morocco

Mid 20th century. Tribal metal, glass, paint. The piece is cm 88,0 in lenght (34.65″); each fibulae is cm 15,0 x cm. 4,5 (5.91″ x 1.77″). Gr. 187,8 (6.62 oz.).

Essential feminine embellishment, the tizerzai are taken in pairs to close the coat.

For more information and similar examples:

  • pages 251-252 of “Splendeurs du Maroc”, Africa Museum Tervuren
  • pages 28-29 of “Bijoux du Maroc”, by Jacques and Marie-Rose Rabaté, Edisud / Le Fennec;
  • page 251 of “Africa Adorned” by Angela Fisher.

Berbers are the indigenous ethnic group of North Africa. They are continuously distributed from the Atlantic to the Siwa oasis in Egypt, and from the Mediterranean to the Niger River.The name Berber appeared for the first time after the end of the Roman Empire.

Many Berbers call themselves some variant of the word imazighen (singular: Amazigh), possibly meaning “free people” or “free and noble men”. Today, most Berber-speaking people live in Morocco and Algeria.

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