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Image Index > Age-Equal Adult Interactions > Bearded Komast Places His Arm Around Another

Two adult drinking buddies walk together in a state of relative undress. The man on the right places his hand on his friend's shoulder and smiles at him. Note that the inscription says "The boy is beautiful," as if to imply that this relationship between two adults is somehow viewed as pederastic, with the more inebriated man on the left being courted like a boy.

Artist Douris
Date c. 475 BCE
Museum and Inventory Number London, British Museum E54
References and Publications ARV2 436.96
D. Buitron-Oliver, Douris: A Master-Painter of Athenian Red-Figure Vases (Mainz 1995) no.144.
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