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Panel - Adoration of the Magi

Adoration of the Magi

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    second half 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved, painted and gilt alabaster

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W. L. Hildburgh FSA

  • Museum number:

    A.181:1 to 3-1946

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus is shown reclining under a canopy. Joseph is seated below holding his staff in his left hand and resting his head on his right. Next to him are the heads of the Ox and Ass. In the background the Magi are shown presenting gifts to Jesus.

The Gospel of Matthew records how three wise men or Magi came from the East to present gold, frankincense and myrrh to the infant Christ, guided by a miraculous star.

The upper part of the panel is badly broken.

Place of Origin

England (made)


second half 15th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved, painted and gilt alabaster

Object history note

Formerly in the Musée Van Stolk. Acquired by Dr W. L. Hildburgh in Paris. On loan from him to the Museum since 1931. Given by W. L. Hildburgh in 1946.

Descriptive line

Alabaster panel and associated fragments depicting the Adoration of the Magi. English, second half of 15th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Cheetham, Francis. English Medieval Alabasters. Oxford: Phaidon-Christie's Limited, 1984. p. 182 (cat. 109), ill. ISBN 0-7148-8014-0


Alabaster; Paint; Gilt


Carving; Painting; Gilding


Sculpture Collection

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