Moctezuma introductory

"Autumn’s biggest show" The Times

"A true-life epic" The Guardian

"A sumptuous new exhibition"
Evening Standard

This major exhibition explores Aztec (Mexica) civilisation through the divine, military and political role of the last elected ruler, Moctezuma II (reigned AD 1502–1520).

Rediscover the world of the Mexica and trace the foundation of modern Mexico.

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Full press release

Objects borrowed for the exhibition Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler
(24 September 2009 – 24 January 2009) will be recommended for protection
under Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007
(protection of cultural objects on loan). 
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Images: Turquoise mosaic mask, c. 1500–1521, Mexica/Mixtec.
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Turquoise Aztec mask