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Large Old African Mirsi Tribal Jewelry Lip Plate

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African Mursi Lip-Plate
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Price: $100.00
Item Number: AEL-107-Lip

Large Vintage African Mursi Lip-Plate from the Omo Valley of Ethiopia

This unusual item is a large vintage lip-plate from the African Mursi tribe in the Omo Valley of Ethiopia. Mursi women wear lip plates like this in large piercings in their lower lips. The size of the plate is said to correspond to the level of esteem held by the woman within the tribe, although some relate it to the size of her bride price.

Still today, some Mursi women may opt to wear lip-plates according to this age old tradition. They made of wood or clay, which was left plain or etched with designs significant to the tribe (such as this one).

This old lip-plate remains in excellent collectible condition, with some wear patterns visible on the surfaces. Unusual vintage tribal jewelry from Africa.

Lip plates are also called dhebi a tugoin, lip plugs, lip discs, and labrets.

MEASUREMENTS (1 inch = 2.54 cm):
    Size = 3-1/2 inches diameter x 1/2 inch thick
    Weight = 3.67 oz
    Shipping weight = 10 oz
    Material = Clay

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