The most precious of gifts

Gold, frankincense and Myrrh – the story of a collector …

Stories from the Museum Floor

Today is the 12th day of Christmas – on which traditionally I receive all manner of gifts from my true love – so many leaping lords, drummers and milkmaids, I’m not sure where I’m going to keep them, let alone how I’m going to feed them!

Joking aside, 6th January – The Epiphany in the Christian calendar – has been the day for many people that gifts are given, as it is traditionally the day on which it is celebrated that the Three Wise Men, Kings or Magi, having followed the star to Bethlehem, brought precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for the newly born Son of God.

It did not take much research to find that Manchester Museum’s collection includes all of these items, revealing another story of generosity and gift-giving…

Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh

So, what are these gifts? And why are they considered so…

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