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barretta (digging bar)
  • Mexico
  • barretta (digging bar), late 1900s–1989
  • Where object was made: Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • iron
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 157 x 5.5 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 61 13/16 x 2 3/16 x 1 3/16 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7444

The long metal rod is hexagonal in cross section. One end is pointed and the other end is flattened. The rod itself is rust colored but both ends are grey.

Farmers use rods of this kind for digging and breaking up clods of dirt and rocks.