Uxmal is a half arch design based on the Gila Shoulder form in the Artist's Mesa Verde
series of ceramics. The motif used on this ceramic creation is part of a prominent architectural
feature at the Governor's Palace in Uxmal. Uxmal is a post-classic Mayan site located on the
Yucatán peninsula in Southern Mexico. An unusual architectural key hole shaped doorway is
incorporated into the inset west face of the Governor's Palace. In prehistoric times a simulated
ceremonial dwelling was constructed immediately in front of the prehistoric doorway. The shape
of the doorway and the dwelling are the same, thus suggesting a symbolic dualism with some
interesting implications. Also, the two reverse geometrical spirals above the doorway are
intriguingly similar, if not identical, to the solstice markings inscribed and used in the
prehistoric Southwest. 1995