The three wise men were the first religious figures to worship the newborn Baby Jesus bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Because they are credited with specifically bringing three gifts it has always been assumed that there were three wise men.The actual biblical account does not actually mention the number of wisemen.
I found this wonderfully whimsical image of the three wisemen or Magi. Isn't this a great image? I love it.
Oh the lovely pomegranate. It has been cultivated since ancient times and was mentioned in many ancient texts: the Babylonian texts, the Book of Exodus and the Quran. It is cultivated in the United States in California and Arizona.
Ancient Egyptians considered the pomegranate a symbol of prosperity and ambition. The earliest known mosaic of Christ has him flanked with pomegranates and they are often found in religious paintings by the masters.