Mersi Lip Plate
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Mersi Tribe Wall Art
The lip plate carries a number of meanings for the Mersi tribe. Firstly, it’s a symbol of great beauty. Secondly, it marks a commitment to the husband because it is worn with great pride when serving him food. If the husband dies, the lip plate is removed since a woman’s external beauty is said to fade after his death. Lastly, the plate is a powerful visual marker of Mursi identity. Without it, they run the risk of being mistaken for a member of another tribe..
A great image for framing behind glass, or block mounting on canvas to create a focal point and conversation piece in any contemporary home.
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