The Good Shepherd (3rd Century A.D.)

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This marble statue is part of the Early Christian collection in the Vatican Museum. The shepherd figure was used in pre-Christian times but came to be a beloved symbol of both David and of Christ the Good Shepherd. Many have survived, but this one is unique in that it is nearly life size. Its size and the absence of any of David's attributes such as a lyre, identify it as Christ.

Mixed-media with gold leaf

1997

21 x 16