The Three Kings

Among the most famous characters in the stories about the birth of Jesus are the Three Kings, also called the Three Wise Men, or Magi. The Bible doesn't specify their names or nationalities, only that they were guided by the star of Bethlehem to bring three gifts to honor the birth of Christ, the "King of the Jews." On the Catholic calendar, the Three Kings are celebrated on the 6th of January. On this day, Puerto Rican children traditionally expected their Christmas gifts, not from Santa Claus, but from the Three Kings. This set is from the town of Morovis, probably crafted by a member of the Rivera family around 1900.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
late 19th or early 20th century
Rivera Group
Physical Description
handmade (overall production method/technique)
wood; paint; felt (overall material)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
felt (overall material)
overall: 16 cm x 23 cm x 5.6 cm; 6 5/16 in x 9 1/16 in x 2 3/16 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico: Arecibo, Morovis
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Cultures & Communities
Puerto Rico
Three Kings
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title (Spanish)
Los Tres Reyes Magos
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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