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A detail view of the Penacho feather headdress allegedly worn by Aztec emperor Moctezuma II is displayed at the Museum fur Volkerkunde (Museum of Ethnology) in Vienna on November 16, 2012. Some say it was brought to Europe by Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes, others that it was used by an Aztec high priest. In any case the flaming green-and-blue headpiece -- the only one of its kind still in existence -- remains at the centre of a tug-of-war between Mexico, which would like to bring it…
In the early century, the Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II ruled from the city of Tenochitilan, situated in the location of present day Mexic.
1761 portrait of Don Francisco de Orense y Moctezuma, Count of Villalobos. This fascinating portrait is painted in the European grand manner, with all the accoutrements of aristocratic privilege, at a high level of painterly skill. But it is composed in colonial Mexico & represents a mestizo descended both from Spanish invaders & from abducted family members of the murdered Aztec emperor.