This Aztec Headdress Came to Europe 500 Years Ago. It Can’t Go Home
It was probably a gift from an Aztec Emperor to a conquistador, but it will have to stay in Austria.
In early June, experts announced that a 500-year old Aztec headdress, connected to the Emperor Moctezuma, could not be safely transported back to Mexico from Austria due to its fragile state.
The truth is that this is the crown jewel of the Völkerkunde Museum’s collection of Mesoamerican art and artifacts and the Austrian Govt. has no desire to turn over something which brings in prestige, tourists and scholars to Vienna.