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Screen with scenes from the conquest of Mexico - Aztec musicians and dancers in a canoe

Screen with scenes from the conquest of Mexico - Aztec musicians and dancers in a canoe

Detail from a late 17th to early 18th century screen with scenes from the conquest of Mexico, oil on canvas mounted on ten panels, 191 x 540 cm (complete screen), Museo Nacional de Historia, Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City

[This screen] originally belonged to the family of the Court of Moctezuma, who probably commissioned it during his time as the viceroy of New Spain (1696-1701)... Attendants in boats in Lake Tetzcoco play drums and wave feather fans to accompany the Spanish column on its approach to Tenochtitlan

From ‘Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler’, British Museum Catalogue, 2009, pp. 253-254.

Photo by Ian Mursell/Mexicolore.