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Image Index > Age-Equal Adolescent Interactions > 2 Women Share A Cloak

Two women are wrapped together in the same cloak or bedspread; perhaps they have collaborated in its manufacture. That this is meant as an iconographic convention for lesbian intimacy is suggested by the other two sides of the vessel, which clearly show scenes of pederastic intercourse and heterosexual courtship. Does this provide an early parallel to the schema of Aristophanes speech in Plato's Symposium, dividing mankind into three sexual preference - pederastic, lesbian and heterosexual?

Artist Unknown
Date 6th Century BCE
Museum and Inventory Number Univ. of Mississippi Museum 1977.3.72
References and Publications D.M. Robinson, "Unpublished Greek Vases in the Robinson collection," AJA 60 (1956) 2.
Koch-Harnack, G. 1983. Knabenliebe und Tiergeschenke: Ihre Bedeutung im päderastischen Erziehungsystem Athens. Berlin. Fig. 96.
Rabinowitz, N.S. "Excavating Women's Homoeroticism in Ancient Greece." Among Women: From the Homosocial to the Homoerotic in the Ancient World. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002. 146-147.
Other Views of Same Object 192
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