Aztec feathered headdress restored
Published on November 22nd, 2012 | by Admin0
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.
Story: Sim Sim Wissgott, AFP | Photo: Alexander Klein, AFP