|The Surma, a pastoral people, originate
from the remote plateaus of southwestern Ethiopia, near the border
of Sudan. Both males and females of the Surma tribes shave their heads
as a mark of beauty. The women wear lip plates; their lower lips are
pierced and stretched as ever-larger plates are inserted over time.
The larger the plate, the more appealing the woman, and indicates
the number of cattle required for her dowry. This plate is worth 75
head of cattle.