Los Reyes Magos

The three Magi (Balthasar, Melchior, and Gaspar) followed the star of Bethlehem to visit the newborn Christ child. In Puerto Rico, Melchior is always represented with dark skin because, according to local tradition, the rays of a star burned him. Puertorriqueño children wait eagerly for the Feast of the Epiphany, which is celebrated on January 6 to commemorate the arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem. They leave boxes of hay and bowls of water under their beds for the Magi’s horses. It is like a second Christmas as they await the gifts that will be given to them.

Title
Los Reyes Magos
Artist
Date
early 20th century
Location
Dimensions
1219 582 14 in. (30.549.85.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Teodoro Vidal Collection

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved and painted wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Religion – New Testament – Magi
  • Equestrian
Object Number
1996.91.59
Palette
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