A 1920s contest to design the new state flag was won by Dr. Harry Mera of Santa Fe. Mera was an archaeologist who was familiar with the Zia Sun Symbol found at Zia Pueblo on a 19th-century pot. The symbol has sacred meaning to the Zia. Four is a sacred number which symbolizes the Circle of Life: the four directions, the four times of day, the four stages of life, and the four seasons. The circle binds the four elements of four together. His winning design is the flag that the state uses today.
New Mexico State Flag Symplistic Proposal. The existing flag’s design is iconic and is one of the best liked state flags so I didn’t change much, just the color. By Ed Mitchell. 2013.
New Mexico State Flag Proposal No. 2b Designed By: Stephen Richard Barlow 27 FEB 2015 at 1109 HRS CST.
NM flag proposal by 5thEye
New Mexico Flag by "ZeekLTK"
New Mexico flag proposal by Tim Ritz. Textless version.
Old New Mexico. Before the design was nailed down it had a black border and white middle. Thus 4 colours also to stand for the four aspects of life. The emblem was taken from a rock drawing and if you study it the proportions of the fingers were longer and thiner. Design By Rotten Ali