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Silver & Enamel Cloak Pin or Fibula
Berber People, Algeria
19th-early 20th century

height: 12cm, width: 7.5cm, weight: 91g

This unusually complex silver alloy cloak pin or fastener from the Berber people of Algeria, northern Africa, is of silver decorated with orange, blue and green
enamel and set with red coral-like cabochons and applied silver spheres, twisted wire and spangles. Designed to attach a cloak across the shoulders, it also
doubled as a breast jewel.

It is of rounded form with a central pin and fastener. Seven enamelled silver pendant dangles each decorated with enamel are suspended from the fastener.

The reverse is decorated with enamelled roundels.

The fastener is in excellent condition and is without losses or repairs.

References:
Prolongeau-Wade, S., Voyage des au Pays Fibules, Editions du Regard, 2008.
Seiwert, W.D.,
Jewellery from the Orient: Treasures from the Bir Collection, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2009.

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 4599

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