Image: The Magi names Caspar bringing a gift of Frankincense.
The Magi are following the North Star across the desert.
The Kings (Melchior from Europe, Caspar from Arabia, and Balthazar from Africa) will arrive twelve days after Jesus’ birth.
Melchior is bringing Gold.
Balthazar is bringing Myrrh.
Gold, as to a king; Myrrh, as to one who was mortal; and Incense, as to a God.
Conventional post-12th century depiction of the Biblical magi (Adoração dos Magos by Vicente Gil). Balthasar, the youngest magus, bears frankincense and represents Africa.
To the left stands Caspar, middle-aged, bearing gold and representing Asia.
his knees is Melchior, oldest, bearing myrrh and representing Europe.