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Image Index > Sex Acts > Boy Embraces Ithyphallic Man Who Fondles Him

An ithyphallic man fondles a boy's genitals. The receptive boy indicates interest by putting his hand behind the man's head, as if to draw close for a kiss. He may be holding a bag of knucklebones (or dice) as a gift. Note the man's uncomfortable crouching posture. Dover believes that he is "preparing for intercrural intercourse."

Artist Brygos Painter
Date c. 475 CE
Museum and Inventory Number Oxford, Asmolean Museum 1967.304
References and Publications ARV2 378.137
K. J. Dover, Greek Homosexuality (London 1978), R520
J. Boardman, Athenian Red Figure Vases: The Archaic Period (London 1975) no. 260
M.F. Kilmer, Greek Erotica on Attic Red-Figure Vases (London 1993) R520
E.C. Keuls, The Reign of the Phallus (New York 1985) fig. 254
H. A. Shapiro, "Leagros and Euphronios: Painting Pederasty in Athens," in T. K. Hubbard ed., , Greek Love Reconsidered (New York 2000) 31-32.
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