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pair of oxen
  • Peru
  • pair of oxen, 2009?
  • Where object was made: Cuzco region, Peru
  • ceramic, wood, rawhide, paint, glazing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 21 x 13.5 x 12 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 8 1/4 x 5 5/16 x 4 3/4 in
  • Museum purchase: Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2009.0164

Small pair of ceramic oxen on a wooden base with a wooden cross between them and placed on a roof as protection. The oxen are lashed to the cross with a strip of rawhide. There is a small ladder on the top portion of the cross, and a small pot on both sides of the crossbar, also bound with strips of rawhide.

Each ox has a stylized beard, painted yellow, yellow horns and a yellow medallion on the forehead, and a small loop between the horns. Each has a single rope-like decoration on the shoulders, and appear to be flicking their tails. The bull on the left is licking his nose.