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Image Index > Sex Acts > Youth Penetrates Boy Anally

A youthful, unbearded man cradles a naked boy in his lap, perhaps positioning him for anal penetration. The active partner here is about the same age and could easily be the same person as the penetrated youth on the other side of the cup, but his partner here is much younger. Is the awkward position of the boy's body meant to suggest a less perfected or experienced sexual technique on the part of the active partner, in comparison with the older man on the other side?

Artist Unknown
Date c. 100 CE
Museum and Inventory Number British Museum
References and Publications J. R. Clarke, Looking at Lovemaking (Berkely 1998)61-78 and plates 1-2
C. Williams, Roman Homosexuality (Oxford 1999) plate 12.
Other Views of Same Object 197
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