Let's listen to Prof. José Antonio González Zarandona talk about Moctezuma II's headdress and its historical significance. Entry to the talk is free, but registration in the event's web page is essential. We can go for dinner and discussion after the talk. NOTE THAT THIS TALK WILL NOT BE IN MELBOURNE MUSEUM, BUT IN THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE'S ELISABETH MURDOCH HALL.
From the event's web page:
Controversy has always surrounded Moctezuma II, one of the most fascinating figures in the history of Mexico. As the Aztec emperor who welcomed Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortés, and eventually conquered the Aztec empire to claim it as a colony for the Kingdom of Spain, Monctezuma is considered a traitor by some Mexicans, a great leader by others. It has long been alleged that amongst the silver and gold Cortés took back to Spain to lay before his king was the headdress of the Aztec emperor, now displayed in all its finery at the Ethnografisches Museum in Vienna. The authenticity of this headdress was highly contested for decades, leading to a number of investigations that were, not surprisingly, influenced either by the aspirations of Mexican nationalists, or European colonialists’ views of cultural property. This lecture will set the context of Moctezuma's II empire and discuss the history of one of its most important cultural objects, one that has elicited countless questions of restitution, cultural property and heritage.
Antonio González was born in Mexico in 1980, and completed his postgraduate studies at the University of Melbourne, where he also works as lecturer, tutor and researcher on topics ranging from Indigenous rock art to the conservation of cultural heritage and digital humanities. Dr Gonzalez has presented his work on heritage theory to prestigious international congresses and Australian scientific associations, and worked as a multimedia designer at the National Gallery of Victoria.