Montezuma and the Great Temple of Human Sacrifice.
Rare mixed method engraving. Sheet size: 235 x 150mm (9¼ x 5¾").
Montezuma II was Emperor of Mexico from 1502 to 1520 and was in power when the Spanish began their conquest of the Aztec Empire. Montezuma is represented here wearing Roman style armour and sandals. A temple is shown in the background to the right. While human sacrifice was practiced throughout Mesoamerica, the Aztecs, if their own accounts are to be believed, brought this practice to an unprecedented level.
[Ref: 37157] £120.00