African Carved Wood Lip Disc

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African Carved Wood Lip Disc

1,100.00

An African circular wood lip disc carved with a geometric pattern resembling a Maltese cross, beautifully mounted on a weighty brass stand. Women took great care in their design and craftsmanship and wore lip plates as an expression of female maturity and a sign that she has reached child-bearing age.

Although lip plates were also traditionally worn by Suya men of Brazil, Sara women of Chad, the Makonde of Mozambique, and the Botocudo of coastal Brazil, the only tribes that still follow this tradition are the Mursi and Suri tribes of Ethiopia. In some tribes, the lip disc is also a distinguishing trait that ensures she is not mistaken for a member of neighbouring rival tribes.

Height: 5 1/2"  Width: 3 1/4"  Depth: 1"

$1100

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