This is a Karamajong lip plug from the Karamojong people. The Karamajong are an ethnic group of agro-pastoral herders living mainly in north-eastern Uganda. This female ornamentation amongst the Karamajong describes the value of the ornamentation within a discourse of female strength and self-esteem.
The Karamajong used to wear a plug in the upper lip only. Many older sources reported that the plate’s size was a sign of social or economical importance in some tribes. But, because of natural mechanical attributes of human skin, the size of the plug may often depend on the stage of stretching of the lip and the wishes of the wearer. This is an old metallic lip plug that shows signs of wear and usage.
|Dimensions||2.3 × 2.4 × 1.5 cm|