Suri tribe women who wear 16 inch lip plates as a symbol of captured in ...

Stunning images show women of the Suri tribe who wear 16ins lip plates as a symbol of The Suri tribe inhabit the mountains of the Omo Valley in the plains of south-western Ethiopia in Africa Photographer Raúl Barrero, 39, from Alicante, Spain, captured the women in a series of portraits During puberty, girls have two teeth removed and their lip sliced to fit in the plate, which can be 16 ins Girls with bigger plates can marry a man with more cows, which is a sign of affluence among the tribe 

By Joe Davies For Mailonline

Published: 11:40 BST, 12 August 2020 | Updated: 11:43 BST, 12 August 2020

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Stunning images have captured the women of the Suri tribe who wear lip plates measuring up to 16 inches as a symbol of

The pictures taken by Raúl Barrero, 39, from Alicante, Spain, revealed matriarchs clad with clay plates as they posed for portraits in Kibish, Omo Valley, Ethiopia.

One picture shows a woman taking her clay plate off to display her stretched lips after years of wearing the device. 

Another photo showed an old woman smoking a bong-like apparatus whilst wearing a ten-inch lip plate.

Stunning images have captured the women of the Suri tribe who wear lip plates measuring up to 16 inches as a symbol of beauty in Kibish, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Stunning images have captured the women of the Suri tribe who wear lip plates measuring up to 16 inches as a symbol of  in Kibish, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

An old woman smoking a bong-like apparatus whilst wearing a ten-inch lip plate

A woman poses for a portrait by photographer Raúl Barrero, 39, from Alicante, Spain, with her child

An old woman smoking a bong-like apparatus whilst wearing a ten-inch lip plate (left) while a woman poses for a portrait by photographer Raúl Barrero, 39, from Alicante, Spain, with her child (right)

Used as a status symbol, the larger the lip plate, the more cows the girl's father can demand in dowry when his daughter marries - cattle are enormously important to the Suri people as a mark of wealth

Used as a status symbol, the larger the lip plate, the more cows the girl's father can demand in dowry when his daughter marries - cattle are enormously important to the Suri people as a mark of wealth

A woman takes her clay plate off while she works to display her stretched lips after years of wearing the device. The scars left behind when the plate is not in place are also said to be attractive

A woman takes her clay plate off while she works to display her stretched lips after years of wearing the device. The scars left behind when the plate is not in place are also said to be attractive

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