Los Tres Reyes Magos

On the Catholic calendar, the Three Kings are celebrated on the 6th of January. On this date Puerto Rican children traditionally expected their Christmas gifts, not from Santa Claus, but from the Three Kings. In Puerto Rico, the Three Kings, (in Spanish called Reyes Magos) are depicted as riding horses, not camels. According to the Bible, these kings are said to come from the east, although popular tradition identifies one of the kings as Melchor and depicts him as African in origin. The figure of Melchor is one of the first representations of a black person in Puerto Rican art. This set of Three Kings is from the town of Morovis, probably crafted around 1990 by a member of the Rivera family.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
late 19th century
Rivera Group
Physical Description
wood; paint; metal (overall material)
handmade (overall production method/technique)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
metal (overall production method/technique)
overall: 17.6 cm x 20.7 cm x 6 cm; 6 15/16 in x 8 1/8 in x 2 3/8 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico: Arecibo, Morovis
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Cultures & Communities
Puerto Rico
Three Kings
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
The Three Kings
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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