The Adoration of the Magi

Munich, 1507
Pot-metal and colorless glass, silver stain, and vitreous paint
The Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1996.262. Ruth and Victoria Blumka Memorial Fund.

As always in Epiphany images, the baby sits on the lap of his mother, who is also seated. In the background is the stable where he was born, with an ass but no ox. The Magi represent the diversity of mankind with respect to age and race. The senior mage offers a box of gold. Behind him the blond mage holds an incense boat and the African king holds a horn containing the myrrh. His armor could be influenced by images of St. Maurice, who was an African soldier.

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Photographed at the site by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.