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Image Index > Sex Acts > Eros Pursues A Youth With A Razor

A winged Eros pursues a fleeing youth with a razor or some other threatening object, while another youth with a hoop (characteristic of Ganymede and other beloved boys) runs in the other direction. Is the youth "stricken" with love for another ( the usual metaphor of love's violence upon the lover - cf Anacreon fr. 413 PMG)? Or is he meant to be represented as the object of some man's violent pursuit? If the instrument held by the Eros is a razor, could it represent that the youth's beauty is threatened by reaching an age where he has to shave?

Artist Douris
Date c. 500 BCE
Museum and Inventory Number Berlin, Antikensammlung 3168
References and Publications ARV2 428.13
CVA2 (DDR3) plates 14-15
E. Olshausen, "Eros mit dem Barbiermesser," Archäologischer Anzeiger, 94 (1979) 17-24
M.F. Kilmer, Greek Erotica on Attic Red-Figure Vases (London 1993) R552
D. Buitron-Oliver, Douris: A Master-Painter of Athenian Red-Figure Vases (Mainz 1995) no.25.
Other Views of Same Object 11
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