The Surma value their scars and place significant meaning on each. Women create various scars by cutting their skin with a sharp blade after lifting it with a thorn to create designs. After the skin is sliced the piece of skin left over is left to eventually heal as a scar.
Scarification varies from fine swirls of raised flesh to intricate dotted patterns. They’re a significant detail of their culture and significant meaning from beauty to adulthood or a mark of a particular tribe.
18 x 24 inches (45.72 x 60.96 cm)
24 x 32 inches (60.96 x 81.28 cm)
30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm)