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© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC

Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Mexican, 1932
Gelatin silver print
6 3/8 x 8 5/16 in.
92.XM.23.17

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Scavenging for food in the ruins of a hacienda, the emaciated dog in Manuel Alvarez Bravo's photograph shows indifference to the decaying environs. In Mexican mythology, dogs are associated with Xolotl, the canine-headed god who accompanies souls in their journey to the Beyond. The two mangled tree trunks, which lend the scene a gloomy mood, underscore this otherworldly association.