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Ancient and contemporary textiles and featherwork with the quetzal motif are world renown, and the Penacho de Quetzalcóatl that Moctecusoma II (Montezuma) gave to Hernán Cortés, now in the Museum of Ethnography in Vienna, is considered one of the most important objects of Aztec culture, with significant implications for an understanding of the Conquest of Mexico. Moctecuzoma II gave to Hernán Cortés of quetzal tail feathers in order to buy him off. Today, the image of the quetzal can still be found in crafts and textiles, especially in Guatemala.

Quetzal Textile