Tapestry (possibly a fragment from an altar frontal): Adoration of the Magi

Flemish (Brussels)

Object Place: Possibly Brussels, Flanders


119.5 x 130.5 cm (47 1/16 x 51 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool warp; wool, silk and metal-wrapped wefts; tapestry weave

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



The Magi, Joseph, and a donor stand on flower-covered meadow (millefleurs). The left part of tapestry on which Madonna and Child originally appeared has been cut off. The donor stands beside a white horse at right end with an unidentified armorial shield over his left shoulder. The shepherds, the angel of the Lord, and a walled city appear in background. Woven with polychrome silk and wool yarns and metallic threads. Seven warp threads to cm.


1925, Clarence H. MacKay (b. 1874 - d. 1938), Roslyn, NY. 1949, Frederic Goldstein Oppenheimer (b. 1881 - d. 1963), San Antonio; consigned by Oppenheimer, through A. M. Adler, New York, to Raphael Stora, New York (stock no. C-108-23); 1949, sold by Stora to the MFA for $7500. (Accession Date: June 9, 1949)

Credit Line

Charles Potter Kling Fund