One of the three Magi (Greek ‘Magoi’) on a cushion of clouds, lifting the lid of his pyxis to present his gift of gold to Jesus. This figure is Melchior, who is represented as the oldest (long beard and bald) of the three. His gift to the newborn Jesus is gold. Balthasar is the youngest represented with coloured skin whereas Caspar is middle-aged. Their gifts are incense and myrrh. The three represent the three – then known - continents as well as the three ages of men as well as the offsprings of the three sons of Noach.
Flanders, oak. Early 16th or late 15th century (the deep and complex draping might point towards 15th century). Excellent condition. Great quality of face, beard and hair. Nice detail in the belt of Melchior. No restorations. Great patination to the face and head. Dimensions (without stand): 43x13x14cm.
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