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Wall Hanging "The Adoration of the Magi"

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Design by: Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898), Execution: Morris & Company, Merton Abbey, William Morris (1834-1896)Concept: 1888, Execution: 1900Concept: London (?), Execution: Merton Abbey, SurreyTapestry; warp: wool yarn; weft: wool and silk255 x 382 cm

The magi’s adoration of the Divine infant is a crucial moment in the history of Christian salvation. The magnificently clothed three wise men pay their reverence to the newborn child, whose arrival the archangel Michael had announced. Edward Burne-Jones, an iconic figure of the British Pre-Raphaelite movement, designed this tapestry. William Morris’ workshop, founded in 1881, added the trees and flowers in the background. The workshop produced this tapestry in several versions. The weavers’ mastery is particularly evident in the detail of the elaborate gowns interwoven with gold and the glistening jewellery of the Magi