ADVENT THREE WISE MEN

Advent Calendar Day 13

 
A ceramic sculpture of three male heads

 

Toy figurine showing three warriors on chariot in abstract shape

This toy figurine from Cyprus shows three warriors on a chariot, and it reminded us of the Three Wise Men of the Nativity Story.
 
The object is an abstract model of the usually more elaborate figurines of chariot groups produced in the Archaic period (750-480 BC). Those depict three warriors on a chariot with four horses harnessed in front of it and usually served as votive gifts to the gods in sanctuaries or as tomb gifts to the dead. This curious abbreviated version of a chariot-group figurine was actually a toy. It had movable wheels attached to its sides through a probably wooden or ceramic peg or axis (not preserved) and could be towed by a string attached through the hole in the front.

The Three Wise Men, or Three Kings, visited Jesus after his birth bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They feature in traditional accounts of the nativity story, and are an important part of the Christmas tradition.
 
This object is ceramic and dates back to the Cypro-Archaic Period (c.750–c.475 BC). You can see it on display in our Ancient Cyprus gallery.


Toy figurine showing three warriors on chariot in abstract shape
750 - 480 BC
Cyprus
Ceramic
AN1968.1524

 

 

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