- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A contemporary sculpture of an indigenous deity with origins from central Mexico is being displayed at the University of New Mexico.

“Xolotl: Dios Perro,” (SZOH’-loht-ul DEE’-ohs PEH’-doh), or Dog Diety, is in the main lobby of the Center for the Arts building thanks to a loan from the Mexican Cultural Center through the Consul of Mexico in Albuquerque.

Xolotl is a representation of the Aztec God who was Lord of the underworld, and brother of Quetzalcoatl (KUET-zahl-COHT-ul), the feathered serpent.

The deity was charged with protecting the sun as it passed through the underworld. It is said that he helped his brother in the creation of the humankind.

The piece will be on display until Sept. 2.

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