The Adoration of the Magi

5th century
Triumphal arch, Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

As in many early Adoration of the Magi images the gifts are on plates and the Magi wear Phrygian caps. Unusually, the Virgin Mary is in a secondary position to the right of the Christ Child's impressive throne and the Magi do not hold their gifts out toward the child.

This image forms the second register of the mosaics on the left side of the arch. On the right side there is also a mosaic of the Magi's consultation with Herod.

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