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Image Index > Age-Equal Adolescent Interactions > Youth Crowns Boy Victor, Men Court Another Boy

As on the other side, there are five figures, but here they are age-differential: two bearded men surround a youth, offering him flowers, and an unbearded youth on the left crowns a victorious boy athlete, who is fully nude and is somewhat shorter than the youth. Both admired youths/boys look modestly downward, not directly reciprocating their lovers' gazes. Note the inscription ("the boy is beautiful") running along the lip of the cup from above the first boy's head to the second. This contrasts with the other side, where the couples are more clearly age-equal. Does this imply that reciprocation is most likely when the ages of lover and beloved are closest?

Artist Douris
Date c. 485 BCE
Museum and Inventory Number British Museum E52.
References and Publications ARV2 432.59
CVA (British Museum 9) 30-31
D. Buitron-Oliver, Douris: A Master-Painter of Athenian Red-Figure Vases (Mainz 1995) no. 105
T.K. Hubbard, "Pindar, Theozenus, and the Homoerotic Eye," Arethusa 35 (2000) 273-75.
Other Views of Same Object 109 50
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