The Good Shepherd

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The Good Shepherd

Sri Lanka or Goa

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.

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