Crescent-shaped Hillal Fibula
Crescent-shaped Hillal Fibula
Crescent-shaped Hillal Fibula
Crescent-shaped Hillal Fibula
Crescent-shaped Hillal Fibula
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Crescent-shaped Hillal Fibula

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A large and rare ornament that I have not had the pleasure of selling until now, called a Hillal  or Khelal (moon) from either Medenine or Tataouline, Tunisia. Late 19th century. The engraved  pattern is different on  each side, having a floral motif on one side and the Star of David on the other.

From the estate of collector: Xaviar Guerrand-Hermes

See: page 18  In All Their Finery, Jewels from the Jewish World  edited by Alia Ben-Amin, The Israel Museum Jerusalem. 

Measures: 6" across