The German firm Montblanc pays tribute to Moctezuma in collaboration with the National Institute of Anthropology and History. Montblanc has launched its new 2020 collection inspired by the Aztec emperor Moctezuma I. It is called Patron of Art and consists of only four pieces. The German firm, together with the National Institute of Anthropology and History in Mexico, decided to pay tribute to the remarkable artistic and architectural achievements of the Aztec culture.
Who was Moctezuma?
Moctezuma Ilhuicamina was a ruler of the great Aztec Empire. During his reign, the capital, Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City, flourished and was considered the most advanced and technological city of that time. In addition, he managed to create the image of a state rich in culture and mythology.
The Montblanc Maecenas Limited Edition 4810 Homage to Moctezuma I fountain pen with champagne-colored gold-plated appointments pays homage to this distinguished sovereign of one of the most special cultures in all of world history. The design is inspired by an atlatl, an Aztec javelin throwing device.
The shape of the cone, enhanced with a hammer finish, is inspired by the Aztec sacrificial knife with an obsidian blade. The colors of the lacquer (petrol blue and carmine red) are inspired by the colors of the royal cloak. The two hieroglyphs that decorate the cap symbolize the period of the reign of Montezuma I.
The handcrafted 750 gold nib is adorned with a delicate engraving inspired by the glyph corresponding to the city of Tenochtitlan: a three-armed cactus with a royal crown and two scrolls.