The Wallace Collection

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The Good Shepherd
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • The Good Shepherd
  • Sri Lanka and Goa
  • c. 1550 - 1600
  • Statuette with stand
  • Rock crystal, gold, rubies, emeralds and sapphires, wooden stand inlaid with mother of pearl and stained ivory
  • Height: 12.8 cm
  • Label: I40 old inventory number
  • S50
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
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Further Reading
  • The Good Shepherd is a representation of Christ as a shepherd symbolising his care for and guidance of Christians. The subject was not in the traditional repertoire of Indian carvers and goldsmiths, but was introduced into Goa and the island of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) by missionaries accompanying Portuguese traders. Similar statues in ivory are known, in which the figure of Christ takes on some of the appearance of a figure of Buddha or Krishna. With its sumptuous setting of gold and gemstones, this is the finest and most elaborate of only four such sculptures in rock crystal to survive. It was formerly in the Treasury of the Electors of Kassel.