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The Adoration of the Magi : Black Bourton, Oxfordshire(‡Oxford) Late C.13

Photo: T.Marshall Adoration of the Magi, Black Bourton [51KB]
The apparent presence of four Magi is accounted for by the fact that their story unfolds in scenes which run into one another without a break. At the right is the leading Magus on horseback, on his way to Bethlehem, his arm extended to point out the stable or the guiding star. The rest of this scene including the other two Magi to the right has been lost. In the main scene of the Adoration, Mary sits at centre left, crowned as Queen of Heaven and holding the Christ Child on her lap. There are traces of a structure behind her, perhaps an elaborate canopy, perhaps simply the doorway of the stable. The Child raises his right hand to bless the senior, kneeling, Magus, who is crowned as a king like his companions. They stand to the right, one young and beardless, one in middle age. Nothing is left of their gifts, which would probably have been visible once.
At the far left beyond Mary is a confused scene. Even on the actual wall, very little can now be made out, although there is a suggestion of limbs and swords. This is the Massacre of the Innocents, often shown like this beside the Adoration of the Magi
The long necks and sloping shoulders of the figures, particularly the Virgin, are typical of their date (about 1290), and are very similar in style to those at Kelmscott, only a few miles away. On the page for the Baptism of Christ/SS. Peter & Paul at Black Bourton are more details about the very interesting paintings here, particularly their adventures in the later 19th century.

Sacred Destinations has contact information for St. Mary’s church

Links to other Infancy Scenes
Annunciation to the Shepherds/Nativity, Ashampstead, Berkshire Nativity, Corby Glen, Lincs King Herod, with two Magi and other Nativity scenes, Corby Glen, Lincolnshire Nativity/Annunciation to the Shepherds, Wissington, Suffolk Adoration of the Magi, Black Bourton, Oxon.
Adoration of the Magi, Edstaston, Shropshire Nativity/Annunciation to the Shepherds, Faversham, Kent Adoration of the Magi/Presentation in the Temple, Faversham, Kent Adoration of the Magi, Heydon, Norfolk Adoration of the Magi, Pinvin, Worcs
Adoration of the Magi, Salisbury (St. Thomas) Wilts Adoration of the Shepherds/Magi, Thornham Parva, Suffolk Adoration of the Magi/Dream of the Magi, Wissington, Suffolk Three Magi, Burton Dassett, Warwicks. Massacre of the Innocents/Presentation in the Temple, Kelmscott, Oxon.
Flight into Egypt, Croughton, Northants Miracle of the Clay Birds, Shorthampton, Oxon. Baptism of Christ, Black Bourton, Oxon. Infancy Cycle, Brook, Kent Nativity scenes, with Annunication to Shepherds, Hardham, Sussex NEW
Annunciation to the Shepherds/Nativity, Ashampstead, Berkshire Nativity, Corby Glen, Lincs King Herod, with two Magi and other Nativity scenes, Corby Glen, Lincolnshire NEW Nativity/Annunciation to the Shepherds, Wissington, Suffolk Adoration of the Magi, Black Bourton, Oxon.
Adoration of the Magi, Edstaston, Shropshire Nativity/Annunciation to the Shepherds, Faversham, Kent Adoration of the Magi/Presentation in the Temple, Faversham, Kent Adoration of the Magi, Heydon, Norfolk Adoration of the Magi, Pinvin, Worcs
Adoration of the Magi, Salisbury (St. Thomas) Wilts Adoration of the Shepherds/Magi, Thornham Parva, Suffolk Adoration of the Magi/Dream of the Magi, Wissington, Suffolk Three Magi, Burton Dassett, Warwicks. Massacre of the Innocents/Presentation in the Temple, Kelmscott, Oxon.
Flight into Egypt, Croughton, Northants Miracle of the Clay Birds, Shorthampton, Oxon. Baptism of Christ, Black Bourton, Oxon. Infancy Cycle, Brook, Kent Nativity scenes, with Annunication to Shepherds, Hardham, Sussex NEW

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