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pair of bozales (muzzles) for oxen
  • Mexico
  • pair of bozales (muzzles) for oxen, 1989
  • Where object was made: Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • plant fiber, weaving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 120 x 38 x 15 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 47 1/4 x 14 15/16 x 5 7/8 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5494

The two muzzles are joined at the strap. Each muzzle has a hat-like shape very loosely woven from twisted plant fiber ropes. Each has two loops at the open end and a third loop with a rope coming from the loop. There are two twisted ropes per muzzle, each twisted with a rope of the other muzzle with the end tucked through.

Muzzles are used on donkeys or oxen to keep them from grazing when the crop is coming up. A muzzle is not used when gamarra (martingale) is used. They are sold in pairs for oxen.