A Surma bride from Ethiopia wears a clay lip plate, which is inserted six months before marriage. The size of the lip plate indicates the number of cattle that a young man must pay her family for her hand in marriage. This bride wears a plate revealing the bride-price of 75 head of cattle.


  • Title: Surma Bride,
  • Creator: Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher
  • Date: 1996
  • Location: Ethiopia
  • Copyright: copyright Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher

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