Representing the journey of the Magi, this terracotta fragment from a Nativity scene by António Ferreira is from the Convento da Madre de Deus in Lisbon. The 18th century was the golden century of the Nativity scene. Terraced and realised in perspective, the scenes depicted the four fundamental parts of the Christian narrative: the stable sheltering the Holy Family with the cattle, the shepherds and the Three Kings. Picturesque popular customs were represented in a very naturalistic manner, or as Machado de Castro called it, the ‘pastoral’ genre. The cult of the Nativity scene brought about an increase in production with the appearance of secondary workshops where sculptors’ models were copied.