Statuette of the “Good Shepherd”. Fragmentary relief from the front of a sarcophagus, reworked in full relief.
End of the 3rd — beginning of the 4th cent. CE.
Extensive restoration by Giuseppe Angelini, 1764.
Inv. No. 28590 (ex 103).Rome, Vatican Museums, Pius Christian MuseumPhoto by Sergey Sosnovskiy

Statuette of the “Good Shepherd”. Fragmentary relief from the front of a sarcophagus, reworked in full relief.

End of the 3rd — beginning of the 4th cent. CE.
Extensive restoration by Giuseppe Angelini, 1764.
Inv. No. 28590 (ex 103).

Rome, Vatican Museums, Pius Christian Museum
(Roma, Musei Vaticani, Museo Pio Cristiano)

Origin:
Unknown; then in the Mariotti’s collection (?); then in the Christian Museum of Benedict XIV (restoration by G. Angelini, 1764); since 1854 in the Pio Christian Museum.
Description:
Shepherd with an Apollinean face, carrying a sheep on his shoulders and a knapsack on his side, mostly integrated (the lower part beginning from the tunic border, the two arms and, on the back, along an evident vertical cut, part of the sheep and the shepherd’s body).

Hypothetical reconstruction of the position of the “Good Shepherd” on the front of a sarcophagus.
Credits:
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