Sheep and Lamb

Sheep represent vulnerable human beings who need the guidance, care and protection of Christ, the Good Shepherd.

The 'Lamb of God' symbolises the sacrifice that Christ made for humankind, since it was a Jewish custom to sacrifice lambs. The lamb also reflects Christ's innocence and the white fleece his purity.

The lamb is sometimes shown holding a cross or a banner to signify Christ's victory over death through his Resurrection.

  • Altar cross with an ivory plaque showing the Lamb of God
  • England, 1927-8
  • Museum no. M.25-1993
 
 

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