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A last glimpse at Montezuma's headdress in its Austrian home
On November 2, Vienna’s Weltmuseum closed its doors in order to undertake a two-year rebranding. Its vast collection will now be placed into vaults. Among the items is the quetzal-feather headdress, or penacho, supposedly once worn by Montezuma.
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Paola Fuentes managed to see the original Penacho prior to the Weltmuseum's closing in November 2014. (Photo: Milady Nazir/Fox News Latino)

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Restauration experts prepare the Penacho for inspection. (Photo: Milady Nazir/Fox News Latino)

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The Weltmuseum has been called the "unknown museum" of Vienna. The Penacho will not be seen until the museum's reopening, scheduled for the end of 2016. (Photo: Milady Nazir/Fox News Latino)

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Jose Alfredo Fuentes visits with his family the Penacho in the Weltmuseum in Vienna. (Photo: Milady Nazir/Fox News Latino)

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The back of the Penacho shows the degradation prior to the restauration in 2010. (Photo: Milady Nazir/Fox News Latino)

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The Weltmuseum also has other pre-Columbian feather work including this fan. (Photo: Milady Nazir/Fox News Latino)

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The original Penacho had small gold disks. They were lost over the centuries but replaced during a restoration. (Photo: Milady Nazir/Fox News Latino)

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The Penacho exhibit in the Weltmuseum shows the 2010 restauration process. (Photo: Milady Nazir/Fox News Latino)

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The Penacho feathers show degradation but are expected to last another 500 years. (Photo: Milady Nazir/Fox News Latino)

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The Weltmuseum is used for many activities including parties. (Photo: Milady Nazir/Fox News Latino)

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There are 7 surviving pre-colombian feather artifacts. Seven of the pieces are held in the museum. (Photo: Milady Nazir/Fox News Latino)

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The Penacho has stayed in the same position for more than 135 years. It was flattened during its first exhibit in the late 1800s in Vienna. (Photo: Milady Nazir/Fox News Latino)

A last glimpse at Montezuma's headdress in its Austrian home

On November 2, Vienna’s Weltmuseum closed its doors in order to undertake a two-year rebranding. Its vast collection will now be placed into vaults. Among the items is the quetzal-feather headdress, or penacho, supposedly once worn by Montezuma.

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