Los Reyes Magos

  • Caban group, Los Reyes Magos, ca. 1875-1900, metal, wood, string, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Teodoro Vidal Collection, 1996.91.31

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The tradition of venerating the Magi, or Los Reyes Magos (the Three Kings), in Puerto Rico originated in medieval Europe, where the figures were included in Nativity scenes. Puerto Ricans celebrate Three Kings Day on January 6, when families get together and children receive gifts from Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. Many santeros, who carve wooden images of saints, create sculptures of the kings, even though they are not technically viewed as saints.

Title
Los Reyes Magos
Artists
Date
ca. 1875-1900
On View
Dimensions
8 1/8 x 11 7/8 x 6 in. (20.7 x 30.3 x 15.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Teodoro Vidal Collection

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Religion – New Testament – Magi
  • Equestrian
Object Number
1996.91.31
Palette
Linked Open Data
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