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Sculpture of a Wise Man (from a Group with the Adoration of the Magi)

Date:
ca. 1175–1200
Geography:
Made in Burgos, Castile-León, Spain
Culture:
Spanish
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 48 3/4 in. (123.8 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection,1930
Accession Number:
30.77.6
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 2
The Virgin with Christ seated on her lap is flanked, on the left, by two magi, and, on the right, by a seated Joseph; the third magus is missing. The group, which may have originally been made for the main portal, was, at a later date, set into a side wall of the church at Cerezo de Riotirón. the rhythmic pleats, hook folds, and blocky masses of the figures are characteristic of Castillian sculpture in the late 12th century.

See also 30.77.7–.9
From the church of Nuestra Señora de la Llana at Cerezo de Riotirón, near Burgos; Raimundo Ruíz Ruíz, Burgos (sold 1929) ? ; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1929–1930)]
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