Magi approaching Mary and Jesus
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In the earliest representation of Mary and Jesus is the presence of the gentile magi done in the familiar iconography of suppliants. Andre Grabar sees the Magi as the oldest image/sign for the central Christian fact of incarnation, redemption, and salvation both individual and collective. Augustine observes that the magi were the first fruits of the gentiles. Magi approaching Mary and Jesus in the Capella Greca Catacomb of Pricilla, 200-250 AD.