The Good Shepherds



Object Info

Object: figurine
Currently on view
Object ID: 1971.481A-B


Ivory, paint, and wood


Gift of Olive Bigelow

More Info


image height: 3.25 in, 8.2550 cm; overall height: 6.75 in, 17.1450 cm


New World


New World-Spanish Colonial

Known Provenance

Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

Extended Info

The figure of Christ resting upon the carved ivory base on the left refers also to King David who was a shepherd as a young boy and to the Bible’s Twenty-third Psalm.  In the upper portion, tiny birds drink from the psalm’s “still waters,” while below them David reclines in the “green pastures” mentioned in the psalm.

Exhibition History

  • “Stampede: Animals in Art” — Denver Art Museum, 9/10/2017