Description & Technical information

The images of the Good Shepherd are, following the Crucifixion, the most replicated of all Indian ivory made Christian imagery. They were produced in diverse typologies, under the same purpose of spiritual conquest of the East.
The theme of the Good Shepherd was vigorously accepted in India, becoming an interesting aspect of the interpretation of Christian mythology. Its iconography was reinterpreted by Hindu and Buddhist artisans according to their own religious traditions, resulting in exceptional examples of artistic syncretism. Krishna itself is also called Govinda, meaning shepherd.

Date:  17th century
Period:  1600-1750, 17th century
Origin:  India, Goa
Medium: Ivory
Dimensions: 44.5 cm (17¹/₂ inches)
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art