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Panel - Herod and the Magi

Herod and the Magi

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Remisch, Gerhard (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stained glass

  • Credit Line:

    Given by E.E. Cook Esquire.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This panel shows Herod interrogating the three wise men, or Magi. According to the Bible, they were awaiting the birth of a new king who would rule all nations. The event was to be signified by a star brighter than any other. At the birth of Christ, a bright star appeared over his birthplace in Bethlehem.

When the Magi set out to find the Christ child they were stopped and interrogated by Herod, the Roman governor of the province. Herod was worried about the threat posed by this new king. He asked the Magi to return to him once they had located the child.

Gerhard Remisch was a glass painter and head of a prolific workshop in the Rhineland in the period 1500-1600.

Physical description

Stained glass panel depicting Herod and the Magi. Red, blue, purple, maroon and green glass. Grisaille. Yellow stain.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


16th century (made)


Remisch, Gerhard (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Stained glass


Height: 38.875 in, Width: 22.125 in, Weight: 7.3 kg in wooden frame

Descriptive line

Stained glass panel depicting Herod and the Magi by Gerhard Remisch. German, 16th century.


Stained glass

Subjects depicted

Horse; Halo; Sceptre; Christianity; Building; Arch


Stained Glass; Christianity


Ceramics Collection

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