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Omo's Beauty

Original painting Sold, oil on canvas, 1200 x 1800mm, 2007

Limited edition print available - scroll down and click 'add to cart'

This contemporary African work highlights a link between our modern conceptions of beauty and the bold, earthy sensuality and grace of ancient tribal cultures. The Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia is home to a complex mosaic of populations that have been isolated for centuries and that to this day have preserved their customs and practices, which originated in prehistoric times. The Dhaasanac, Surma, Mursi, Karo, Nyangatom and Arbore are peoples who are related to one another and who have mixed because of past migrations. At the same time each one is proud of its differences and its own identity. The woman in the painting has a sense of style and poise derived predominantly from the Surma and Mursi tribes. These peoples hold physical beauty and grooming in high esteem. Among other adornments, tight metal arm bracelets that accentuate muscle tone and large earring ornaments are part of a woman’s seductive repertoire. It is common for Surma and Mursi to pierce and widen their ear lobes in order to insert large wooden disks in them.

Limited Edition Print

Limited edition of 75 prints available on matte paper of museum archival quality. Image size is 367 x 550mm and is surrounded by an unprinted white border. All prints are proofed by the artist before she signs, titles, dates and numbers them. Shipping is FREE within NZ and $35 everywhere else (prices are NZD). Unframed print arrives sealed in protective tube or sleeve.

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