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  • Museum number


  • Description

    Altar-panel(?); lime-wood relief of the Adoration of the Magi.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1505-1510
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 1100 millimetres
    • Width: 578 millimetres
    • Depth: 90 millimetres
    • Weight: 5840 grains
  • Bibliography

    • Robinson 2008 p. 137 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history


    2005 27 Oct-2006 31 Jan, Haengso Museum, Keimyung University, Daegu, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2005 25 Jul-8 Oct, Busan Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2005 11 Apr-10 Jul, Seoul Arts Centre, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2004 26 Jun-29 Aug, Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2004 10 Apr-13 Jun, Fukuoka Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2004 17 Jan-28 Mar, Kobe City Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2003 18 Oct-14 Dec, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    1995-1996 25 Oct-21 Jan, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire County Museum, We Three Kings

  • Science

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    Analysis date

    7 November 2007

    Analysis title

    Radiographic examination of the Riemenschneider panel(PE 1852,0327.10)

    Analysis outline

    A 16th century wooden panel of the Adoration of the Magi was radiographed in preparation for conservation. Evidence of construction methods, fixings and of extensive later infill with wood and filler was revealed

    Analysis reference number


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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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