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Aztec feathered headdress restored

Researchers have diligently restored the “Penacho,” the last surviving feathered headdress of the Aztecs.

Steeped in myth and legend, the “Penacho”, a feather headdress supposedly worn by Aztec emperor Moctezuma II, continues to stir up passion in Austria and Mexico as it goes on display again after a years-long restoration.

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 vibrant 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 wants to bring it home, and Austria, which argues it is too fragile to be transported.

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Story: Sim Sim Wissgott, AFP | Photo: Alexander Klein, AFP

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