The figure of the king is holding a gift in his right hand and his hat in his left hand, out of respect for the new-born Jesus. The figure is part of an Adoration of the Magi, which was on the lower left of an altarpiece. The figure came from the same Passion retable as Christ on the cross between the two thieves. The retable was severely damaged during World War II and fell apart. The fragments ended up in museums and with art dealers. Like the Christ on the cross, the figure of the king eventually found a home in the Bonnefantenmuseum.


  • Title: King
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: around 1520
  • Location Created: Antwerp
  • Physical Dimensions: h. 31 cm
  • Provenance: Loan Limburgs Geschied- en Oudkundig Genootschap. © Etiënne C.L. van Sloun/Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht
  • Medium: Oak with traces of polychromy

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