Uxmal, Pyramid of the Magician

Pyramid of the Magician, Temple IV [June 12, 2004]

Although the facade is treated as a gigantic mask, like those of the earlier structures of the Chenes region to the south, the stone mosaic and construction technique are pure Puuc. The Puuc architects "knew how to transform the baroque exuberance of Chenes and Rio Bec styles into volumes of sharp contours enhanced by a rich but well balanced ornamentation more geometric in character, and so intimately integrated with the walls of each building that it cannot be regarded simply as a superimposed element."

Paul Gendrop, A Guide to Architecture in Ancient Mexico