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Mexico claiming Aztec emperor Moctezuma's feather headdress from Austria

Tuesday, October 13th 2020 - 08:28 UTC
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It is unclear exactly how the headdress, made of hundreds of long quetzal feathers and more than 1,000 gold plaques, ended up in Austria, in a Vienna museum It is unclear exactly how the headdress, made of hundreds of long quetzal feathers and more than 1,000 gold plaques, ended up in Austria, in a Vienna museum
Lopez Obrador announced he had asked Beatriz Gutierrez, a journalist and writer, to appeal to Austria to give back the pre-Hispanic relic Lopez Obrador announced he had asked Beatriz Gutierrez, a journalist and writer, to appeal to Austria to give back the pre-Hispanic relic

Mexico's president said on Monday that he had given his wife the “almost impossible mission” of persuading Austria to return a feather headdress said to have been worn by Aztec emperor Moctezuma.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced on Twitter that he had asked Beatriz Gutierrez, a journalist and writer, to appeal to Austria to give back the pre-Hispanic relic during her cultural tour of Europe.

“I recommended that she insist on the Moctezuma plume, although it is an almost impossible mission, since they have completely appropriated it,” he wrote after posting a photograph of Gutierrez with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen.

It is unclear exactly how the headdress, made of hundreds of long quetzal feathers and more than 1,000 gold plaques, ended up in Austria, where it is on display at a museum in Vienna.

Historians believe that Emperor Moctezuma, who ruled from 1502 to 1520, probably gave the plume to Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes who took it to Europe.

Lopez Obrador's plea came on the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas in 1492, which in Mexico is marked as Day of the Race in recognition of the country's mixed indigenous and European heritage.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced on Twitter that he had asked Beatriz Gutierrez, a journalist and writer, to appeal to Austria to give back the pre-Hispanic relic during her cultural tour of Europe.

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  • Don Alberto

    “It is unclear exactly how the headdress ended up in Austria, ... historians believe that Emperor Moctezuma gave the plume to Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes who took it to Europe.”

    While that is an obvious probabillity, there is also the possibillity that the Austrian archduke who became Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico (10 April 1864 until 19 June 1867) acquired the headdress and sent it to Austria.

    Oct 13th, 2020 - 01:34 pm +1
  • imoyaro

    In all fairness, I think it's older than that, the Hapsburgs ruled Spain, as well as Austria from The 1500s to the 1700s and this, like the few remaining Mayan codexes, fell into their hands. Doesn't change the wish of the Mexicans... ;)

    Oct 14th, 2020 - 05:10 am 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Probably safer in Austria than in Mexico....

    Oct 17th, 2020 - 06:08 pm 0
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