Lip dish with Ethiopian tribe base
Lip disc used among Mursi and Surma tribes
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This is one of the most envied items of universal anthropology.
The lip disc is made of clay and decorated with simple geometric patterns. Its powerful visual appeal will turn the place where you exhibit it into the centre of attraction, full of interest and comments regarding cultural diversity on the planet.
We have created a tailor-made display case for each piece so they can shine their brightest and protect these delicate and fragile pieces of art.
Mursi tribe comes from Ethiopia and Surma tribe comes from Sudan; these two tribes belong to the same ethnic group of Nilotic origin. Women insert clay plates in their lips and ears, which at the same time increase gradually in size and indicate social status of women. Although, its origin is speculated to deform women in order to avoid them to be captured as slaves, in reality this plate is simply used as their own aesthetic code.
Additional InformationHeight: 29 cm
Width: 12 cm
Depth: peana 8x8 cm
Diameter: 12 cm
Weight: 520 gr