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Image Index > Eros > Eros Carries Meat From Man To Youth

A winged Eros carries a large side of meat from a seated man to a standing youth. This must be intended as a love gift. Since such a large quantity of meat would presumably be shared with the boy's family, it suggests their knowledge and approval of the relationship. Or should we read this scene metaphorically - the boy's body as a hunk of meat given in exchange for a hunk of meat? Th eopposite side of the cup depicts a singing boy who is about to be crowned by an Eros.

Artist Telephus Painter
Date c. 470 BCE
Museum and Inventory Number Staatliche Antikensammlung, Munich. 2669.
References and Publications ARV2 818.26
A. Greifenhagen, Griechische Eroten (Berlin 1957) 54-57
Koch-Harnack, G. 1983. Knabenliebe und Tiergeschenke: Ihre Bedeutung im päderastischen Erziehungsystem Athens. Berlin. Fig. 75.
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