20. The Good Shepherd

Sadao Watanabe (1913 – 1997)
Catazome stencil print
1968
7 x 6

This woodcut recalls portrayals of the Good Shepherd from classical antiquity and early Christian
imagery. A convert to Christianity from Buddhism, Watanabe’s sense of design is very apparent in this
charming portrayal of The Good Shepherd. The background is divided by swooping lines that vaguely
resemble mountains, and separate the stars in the heavens from the land below. To one side a tall tree
seems filled with blossoms or fruit to celebrate the reunion. The young shepherd leans forward as he
caresses the lost sheep.

Luke 15: 3-7
3Then Jesus told them this parable: 4"Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them.
Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?
5And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6and goes home. Then he calls his friends
and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' 7I tell you that in the
same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine
righteous persons who do not need to repent.

 
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