Headdress of Motecuhzoma II

Server Costs Fundraiser 2024

Help our mission to provide free history education to the world! Please donate and contribute to covering our server costs in 2024. With your support, millions of people learn about history entirely for free every month.
$3461 / $18000


Mark Cartwright
by Jonathan
published on 10 October 2013
Headdress of Motecuhzoma II Download Full Size Image

The headdress of Motecuhzoma II, Aztec ruler 1502-1520 CE. Although there is no evidence that it was ever worn by Motecuhzoma the headdress may have been amongst the gifts he gave to Cortés, who in turn passed them on to Charles V. This is an exact replica of the original now in the Museum für Völkerkunde of Vienna. It is made with 450 green quetzal, blue cotinga and pink flamingo feathers and is further embellished with gold beads and jade disks. (National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City)

Used with the author's permission.

Remove Ads

Cite This Work

APA Style

Jonathan. (2013, October 10). Headdress of Motecuhzoma II. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/2093/headdress-of-motecuhzoma-ii/

Chicago Style

Jonathan. "Headdress of Motecuhzoma II." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified October 10, 2013. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/2093/headdress-of-motecuhzoma-ii/.

MLA Style

Jonathan. "Headdress of Motecuhzoma II." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 10 Oct 2013. Web. 23 Jul 2024.