We, Zarathustra the Cat, couldn’t roam so freely at the world wide web without the help of good shepherds, there are manades of Us in the internet. The good shepherds tell Us stories of culture from all over the world, bring us recent news from the places We never was, advices Us what pieces of art we should visit (We should say that at the moment We have 852 paintings in our tour plans). This is the sign that 2 shephards from facebook have Shepard as family name: Susan from New England in USA and Sylvia from Germany, who created the fan page of Fat Cat Art at Facebook. For you an old symbol of the Good Shepherd, or criophorus (?????????), the “ram-bearer” turns into the “cat-bearer”:
About the origins of symbolism: the form of the image showing a young man carrying a lamb round his neck was directly borrowed by Crhistian art from the much older pagan kriophoros and in the case of portable statuettes like the most famous one created at c. 300-350 now in the Pio Cristiano Museum, Vatican City, they say it is impossible to say to what culture the image belongs. Now it belons to Internet culture also.