Moctezuma’s pen that ended in Habsburg

A few days ago the Mexican government made another attempt to retrieve a relic. It is the Moctezuma cloud that ended in Habsburg. It is located in the Museum der Welt, formerly known as the Ethnographic Museum Vienna. How do I get there? There is a great mystery.

This is the Montezuma cloud that ended in Habsburg.
This is Moctezuma’s pen that ended in Habsburg.
How do I get there?

The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has a theory. It mentions a “first correspondence of Justice and the regiment of the Rica Villa de la Vera Cruz to Queen doña Juana and to the Emperor Carlos V, her son, July 10th 1519”. Contains a list and descriptions of objects sent as gifts to the King of Spain. It was believed that Moctezuma’s pen traveled on this ship. However, it is not certain that this version is real.

Another well-known version says that Moctezuma gave the pen to the conqueror Hernán Cortés. Later Cortes would have sent it to King Carlos I. The king was a member of the Habsburg family of Austrian origin. The documented history of Moctezuma’s pen dates back to 1569. It was registered as a “Moorish hat” in the inventory of Ambras Castle, a collection of Ferdinand II of Tyrol.

It was kept in this collection until 1703. After that year the track was lost. It was until 1806 when records were again kept. It was exhibited in the Lower Belvedere in Austria.

After more than 70 years, in 1878, he made another leap. He was found in the Palacio de Ambras. It was restored and became state property managed by the museum.

It is also called the feather of ancient Mexico due to doubts as to whether it was worn by the Emperor Moctezuma. He has been out of the country for more than 500 years and has not left Austria since 1947.

The picture shows the first meeting between Moctezuma and Cortés.
The picture shows the first meeting between Moctezuma and Cortés.
You want it back

In addition, the Mexican government attempted a temporary exchange in 2011. However, due to the deterioration, the answer was negative. It was stated that his fragile condition did not allow him to be transferred. Any vibration would destroy it.

Now, in 2020, Mexico will try again. But according to the President, it is an “almost impossible” mission. Moctezuma’s pen, which appeared in Habsburg, seems to have already resigned. He will still be in Austria, miss his imperial origins and be so far from his current location.

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