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Painted Surma Man

Carol Beckwith1986

African Ceremonies

African Ceremonies
Friday Harbor, United States

In a society where adornment and clothing are minimal, body painting serves as an important form of creative expression. The Surma see their bodies as a canvas on which they can express themselves. The pattern of concentric circles on this man’s back matches the delicate design of his newly shaven head.

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  • Title: Painted Surma Man
  • Creator: Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher
  • Date: 1986
  • Location: Ethiopia
  • Copyright: copyright Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher

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