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The Adoration of the Magi
Georges Trubert (French, active Provence, France 1469 - 1508)
Provence, France (Place created)
about 1480 - 1490
Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold and silver paint, and ink on parchment
Leaf: 11.4 x 8.6 cm (4 1/2 x 3 3/8 in.)
Each of the gifts offered to Christ had symbolic value in the Middle Ages: gold in homage to Christ's kingship; frankincense, an oil used in worship in ancient times, in honor of his divinity; and myrrh, used in embalming, foreshadowing his death. In the later Middle Ages, the