Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler
London, British Museum

As closure to its series of exhibitions exploring power and empire, this is the first major exhibition consecrated to the last elected leader of the Aztec civilization, Moctezuma II, who reigned between 1502–1520 AD.

His divine, military and political rule took place from his resplendent capital site in Tenochtitlan, which is the site of modern Mexico City. During his reign the Aztec empire reached its maximal size, comprising much of modern highland Mexico, stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Pacific Ocean. Moctezuma has fascinated history and myth with his unrivalled power, yet more famously, for his role in the devastating arrival of the conquistadors, Cortés and his Spanish fleet, and the subsequent fall of the empire.

Many of the objects on display, such as imposing stone sculptures, rare gold and turquoise objects, will be seen for the first time in the UK.

September 24, 2009 through January 24, 2010
Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
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