Omo Valley – Ethiopia
Lip plate of the Mursi people called “Debbi”
The Mursi are one of the most characteristic tribes of the Omo River Valley and comprises around 10.000 individuals.
The majority of the women wear this lip plate or “Debbi” that can reach up to 16 cm diameter. This one measures 12 cm. The most popular theory is that the plate was used in order to make women less attractive in the eyes of slave traders … others believe it is a sort of social initiation as well as being a symbol of tribal identity.
From: Etiopia Emozioni di Viaggio – Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato pages 257-261