Ethiopian tribeswomen proudly display huge lip plates

Ethiopian tribeswomen proudly display the lip plates they begin inserting into their mouths from the age of 12 to increase the size of dowry their fathers receive when they marry The Suri tribe inhabit the mountains of the Great Rift Valley in the plains of south-western Ethiopia in Africa Women in the tribe have their bottom teeth removed and their lips pierced, then stretched, to insert the plates The larger the plate, the more cows the girl's father can demand in dowry when his daughter marries 

By Amelia Wynne For Mailonline

Published: 11:00 GMT, 3 March 2020 | Updated: 11:06 GMT, 3 March 2020

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Fascinating portrait images show the striking of Ethiopia's Suri tribespeople whose traditions involve the insertion of huge clay plates into women's lips. 

The tribe inhabit the mountains of the Great Rift Valley in the plains of south-western Ethiopia and pride themselves on the scars they carry. 

The clay plates, which can be as big as 16 inches in diameter, are first given to children when they are just 12-years-old. 

Sarawut Intarob, 36, took the photographs and was told most women in the tribe have their bottom teeth removed and their lips pierced, then stretched, to allow the plates to be inserted.

A collection of pictures show the impressively large lip plates of the Suri people, a tribe that inhabit the mountains of the Great Rift Valley in the plains of south-western Ethiopia

A collection of pictures show the impressively large lip plates of the Suri people, a tribe that inhabit the mountains of the Great Rift Valley in the plains of south-western Ethiopia

The huge clay plates, which can be as big as 16 inches in diameter, are first given to children when they are just 12-years-old

The huge clay plates, which can be as big as 16 inches in diameter, are first given to children when they are just 12-years-old

The larger the plate, the more cows the girl's father can demand in dowry when his daughter marries. Cattle are enormously important to the Suri people and bring status.

The painful practice is less common in the younger generation of Suri women.

Women and children in the tribe also often decorate themselves with white clay patterns, and flowers on their heads.

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