Ornament at the Governor’s Palace, Uxmal

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Mayan architectural decoration surmounting the main doorway of the Governor's Palace at Uxmal
Ornament over the principal doorway, Casa del Gobernador, Uxmal.

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The Getty Research Institute, the Internet Archive
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Drawn on stone by William Parrott

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View of the elaborate Mayan architectural decoration surmounting the main doorway of the Governor’s Palace (known in Spanish as Palacio, or Casa del Gobernador) at Uxmal. This decoration is described as follows by the author:

The central ornament over the principal doorway was a seated figure, of which but slight traces remain. The headdress of feathers is more perfect, and appears totally disproportioned to the size of the figure. On either side are parallel bars of stone, between which are well sculptured hieroglyphics. The cornice was perhaps intended to represent the coilings of a serpent; it is continued from one extremity of the building to the other, and goes entirely round it.

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