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Of much greater interest though is an accompanying scene of great rarity, showing the Dream of the Magi, narrated in Matthew 2:12 but filtered here through the imagination of the skilled and thoughful Wissington painter. At the left of the scene, all three Magi share a bed in accordance with normal practice in the Middle Ages. God is represented in the dream by an angel, whose wings, like those in the Wissington Annunciation to the Shepherds (link below), must once have been particularly gorgeous. I have seen this treatment of the subject in continental manuscript painting, but I know of no other example in England.
Although they are battered and faint, other scenes from the Infancy Cycle at Wissington will be on here in due course, along with the story of St. Margaret. Here already are the Nativity (with Mary in bed this time), the Annunciation to the Shepherds, a Passion Cycle, the Weighing of Souls, St. Francis preaching to the Birds and, newly on the site, Two Miracles of St. Nicholas.
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|
© Anne Marshall 2001**++