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Montezuma’s shield displayed in Mexico City

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By ITN News Editor February 14, 2019 11:58

Montezuma’s shield displayed in Mexico City

A shield believed to have belonged to Mexica emperor Montezuma went on display at Mexico City’s National Museum of history. Museum curators say the round, feather-adorned shield is one of just four in existence today and that it likely was used by the indigenous ruler for ceremonial purposes and not in wartime. Though it looks similar to other shields or ‘chimalli’ used by Mexica warriors of the time, careful study by the museum revealed this particular ‘chimalli’ is made of ocelot skin, a small leopard-like cat native to the area, and decorated with thousands of feathers and gold leading researches to believe it was a ceremonial piece. Montezuma, or Moctezuma, ruled Tenochtitlan, which later became Mexico City until he was killed in the early stages of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire in 1520.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor February 14, 2019 11:58