Montezuma’s Headdress – Unknown Aztec Artist, c. 16th Century.
Feathers, gold, gemstones, 46in by 69in
Currently on display at Vienna’s Museum of Ethnology
Moctezuma’s headdress is a large and elaborate 16th century crown which according to legend once belonged to Aztec emperor Moctezuma II, made from the iridescent green tail feathers of the Resplendent Quetzal. Moctezuma either gave it to Hernán Cortés as a gift upon his arrival at Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec empire and modern day Mexico City, or it was pillaged by Cortés’ forces after the siege of Tenochtitlan in 1521. [x]
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