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Fibula style brooch composed of a large flat crescent-shaped piece and a large pin attached to one side of the brooch. The front of the brooch is heavily decorated with raised designs. At centre, three large flowers sit within a wreath of leaves. From this centre design outwards, the designs are mirrored on either side of the brooch. Along the lower edge, is a double helix-like design with a raised dot in the centre of each circular gap. Above, floral designs expand out towards the tips of the crescent, with a fish on either end. A single hole is pierced through the right edge. Each side has a bulbous end, each with a different hallmark stamped. The pin has a flat section that wraps around the ornament, and ends with its tip being wrapped around itself.

History Of Use

This style of brooch, sometimes called a fibula, was used to pin a woman's draped garment.


This collection of North African (Berber) and Yemeni jewelry (3395/1-12) is said to have been purchased by the donor's parents in the 1990s, from bazaars in Tripoli, Libya.

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