Information about The Good Shepherd
- Year created: c. 1600
- Creator: unknown
- Country of Origin: Sri Lanka or Goa
- Dimensions: 12.8 x 5 cm
- Collection: Sculpture
- Gallery: Sixteenth Century Gallery
This figure shows Christ as the Good Shepherd, symbolising his care for and guidance of his flock. It belongs to a small group of rock crystal figures of the Christ Child produced in Goa and Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka). This Christian theme was introduced there by missionaries who accompanied Portuguese traders.
Works of art in rock crystal were desirable collectors' items in Renaissance Kunstkammern - princely treasury collections which Sir Richard Wallace aspired to evoke. He bought the statuette in 1876 and kept it in the Boudoir together with jewels and other precious small pieces.