Mursi woman with labial plate, ethnic minorities of the lower Omo valley - Ethiopia. © Antonio Ciufo

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Antonio Ciufo / Alamy Stock Photo
Image ID: M596MT
The Mursi are a Nilotic pastoralist ethnic group that inhabits southwestern Ethiopia. Women are famous for wearing plates in their lower lips. These lip discs are made of clay. Girls are pierced at the age of 15 or 16. Following an incision in the tissue of the lip, are gradually inserted plates ever larger sizes. These lip-plates are only worn to serve food to one's husband and increasingly they are worn to attract tourists.
Location: Jinka, Ethiopia