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Largest lip plate: 19.5 cm (7.7 in) by Ataye Eligidagne, as measured in Ethiopia in 2014.<br />
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A member of the Surma tribe, Ataye previously held this record at 15 cm, but she exceeded it by 4.5 cm. This photo features in the #GWR2022 book.<br />
Normally worn for decoration, for the Surma people of southern Ethiopia the significance of wearing lip plates is a financial one. The process of inserting these plates (made by the women themselves from local clay, which are then coloured with ochre and charcoal and fire-baked) begins approximately a year before marriage and the final size indicates the number of cattle required by the girl's family from her future husband for her hand. For example, a plate measuring 15 cm (6 in) in diameter - the previous record holder - would require a payment of 50 cattle.

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Largest lip plate: 19.5 cm (7.7 in) by Ataye Eligidagne, as measured in Ethiopia in 2014.

A member of the Surma tribe, Ataye previously held this record at 15 cm, but she exceeded it by 4.5 cm. This photo features in the #GWR2022 book.
Normally worn for decoration, for the Surma people of southern Ethiopia the significance of wearing lip plates is a financial one. The process of inserting these plates (made by the women themselves from local clay, which are then coloured...
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