These ceremonial earrings are so rich and heavy with ornamentation, they would have been principally supported through the chain and small pierced panel attached to a headdress. These are typical of the Spanish style common to Muslim and Jewish women in the northern Moroccan centres such as Fez and Tangier.
A number of similar examples are published. A pair from the Eudel collection is in the Musée national des arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie in Paris (L'Islam dans les collections nationals, Paris, 1977, no.367, no.171). Two pairs were in the Benyaminoff collection, exhibited at the Israel Museum and sold at Sotheby's 16 October 1997, lot 53 and 15 October 1998, lot 164. Another pair was sold in these Rooms, 17 April 2007, lot 343. Further examples are in private collections and in the royal collection in Morocco.