The Three Maries

Las Tres Marías, the Three Maries, are the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, and Mary of Cleofas. They are often depicted at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ or at his tomb. But, a popular Puerto Rican story relates that the Three Kings were suitors of the Three Marys, whom they accompanied to local festivities. This radical departure from scripture is an example of the distinctive religious traditions developed over the centuries by rural Puerto Ricans.
Description (Spanish)
Las Tres Marías son la Virgen María, María Magdalena y María de Cleofás. Por lo general se las representa en la escena de la crucifixión de Jesús o ante su tumba. Sin embargo, una historia popular de Puerto Rico cuenta que los Reyes Magos eran pretendientes de las Tres Marías, a quienes acompañaban durante las festividades del lugar. Este alejamiento radical de las escrituras es un ejemplo de las tradiciones religiosas distintivas que fueron surgiendo en las áreas rurales de Puerto Rico a través de los siglos.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
19th-20th century
Garcia, Ramon
Physical Description
handmade (overall production method/technique)
wood; paint; metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 13.5 cm x 16.8 cm x 4 cm; 5 5/16 in x 6 5/8 in x 1 9/16 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico: Arecibo, Vega Alta
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Puerto Rico
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Cultures & Communities
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title (Spanish)
Las Tres Marías
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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