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Image Index > Music Scenes > Men Court Boys At A Music School

A schoolroom scene similar to Berlin-2285, as suggested by the hanging lyres, but here the boys are seated rather than the adults, and the men appear to be the suitors. Note the hare (typical love gift) that the boy on the left holds in his lap. The boys' bared chests may indicate a certain receptivity to their admirers' attentions, but their downcast gaze is modest. Is the man on the far right a rival suitor gesturing for attention or the schoolmaster? An inscription reads, "Eigodamas is beautiful."

Artist Douris
Date c. 485 BCE
Museum and Inventory Number J. Paul Getty Museum 86.AE.290
References and Publications Beazley, Paralipomena 375.51 bis
D. Buitron-Oliver, Douris: A Master-Painter of Athenian Red-Figure Vases (Mainz 1995) no.88.
Other Views of Same Object 169
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