Child Jesus as Good Shepherd
Jesus is shown here as a child seated in meditation, dressed in thick coat with curly hair. The lamb on his shoulder identifies him as the Good Shepherd.
Interestingly, CSMVS has an incomplete image. Jesus’ eyes are closed in meditation suggesting he is thinking of his death. His pose is derived from the meditative pose of Buddha.
The Good Shepherd Rockery is an original iconography developed in Portuguese India.
Indian Decorative Art
Late 16th & 17th century CE