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Auction 172, Lot 297

"The Interview of Cortes and Motezuma in the City of Mexico", Harris, John

Subject: Mexico City, Mexico

Period: 1705 (circa)

Publication: Navigantium Atque...

Color: Hand Color

13 x 8.3 inches
33 x 21.1 cm
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This engraving depicts Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes greeting Montezuma, ruler of Tenochtitlan. In the image, Cortes is bestowing upon Montezuma a necklace as part of an exchange of gifts. Cortes horse and cavalry stand behind him, while Montezuma's chair and Natives flank the opposing side of the scene. This engraving depicts a dignified meeting between a Native American emperor and a European who had come to conquer his lands, despite the clashing of civilizations that occurred at the time. Engraved by J. Mynde.


Condition: A

A nice impression on a bright sheet with a few tiny tears along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $130

Closed on 4/17/2019