201111 - Tribal used Old Necklace Elements from the Mursi tribe - Ethiopia.
Tribal used Old Necklace Elements - Mursi Tribe - Omo Valley, Southern Ethiopia - Rare Item
Begin 20th century. Wood. The longer pendant is about 19 cm lenght.
These pendants are worn only by men. Each notch indicates a wounded enemy or an action of particular courage.
The Mursi live in an almost inaccessible area between the Mago and Omo Rivers. They are predominantly pastoral but they are also engage in limited agriculture.
The Mursi are a tall, striking race, with an aggressive reputation.
The men only wear a blanket tied over one shoulder, the woman a similar fashioned goatskin. Both sexes cut their hair very short and shaved designs into it. The women are famed for wearing large plates in their lips and ears.
The Mursi tribe (sometimes called the Murzu tribe) are an African tribe from the isolated Debub Omo Zone in Southern Ethiopia near the border with Sudan. There are an estimated 10,000 people in the Mursi tribe and the Ethiopian government groups them together with the Suri and Me’en tribes and calls the collective group the Surma. However, the Mursi tribe reject the term Surma and refuse to identify themselves as Surma.