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The Adoration of Magi: M.3-1980

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Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


The Adoration of Magi


Production: Unidentified (Uncertain)




Alabaster, carved in high relief, with traces of dark blue paint, and gilding. Almost square. The figures, dressed in sixteenth century costume, are grouped in an architectural setting with a vault over them. In the centre of the vault is a star surrounded by five cherub's heads, flanked by groups of a single angel and three angels reading. There are traces of blue paint in the vault. Below on the left, the Virgin sits on a cushion on a small trunk holding out the standing Christ Child on her left knee. Joseph stands behind her holding a string of beads (a rosary?). An elderly bearded and bareheaded King kneels to the right of the Virgin, holding out a covered vase to the Child. A second bearded King, stands behind him holding a covered cup, and a third, clean-shaven and more youthful stands on the extreme right holding a covered cup. In the spandrels at the top there are groups of leaves. The initials 'A.H. are carved by the Virgin's foot.
Note: Fragment in box in Small Store Case 4/A [08.05.19]


History note: Purchased from R. van de Broeck, Brussels

Legal notes

Purchased with the Cunliffe, Leverton Harris and Marlay Funds, with contributions from the Regional Fund administered through the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Eranda Foundation.

Measurements and weight

Depth: 20 cm
Height: 78.5 cm
Width: 68.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Malines ⪼ Flanders

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1980) by Broeck, R. van de


16th Century, Mid#
Production date: circa AD 1540


By 'A.H.'

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Decoration composed of gold ( leaf? needs checking) blue pigment

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Carving : Alabaster carved in high relief with traces of blue paint and gilding

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: A.H.
  • Location: By Virgin's foot
  • Method of creation: Carved
  • Type: Initials

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.3-1980
Primary reference Number: 31321
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_3_1980
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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