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Image Index > Age-Equal Adult Interactions > Bearded Man Refuses Another

A bearded man walks away from another who holds a lyre, and makes what appears to be the conventional gesture of refusal with his hand. Is he refusing an invitation to dance or sing? Or is it an erotic proposal, as might be suggested by the nakedness of the figures and the kalos inscription above each of them? If so, this gives us another case of erotic attraction toward an adult male. On the other side of the cup, a taller youth plays the lyre and taps time with his foot, while a shorter youth dances naked before him.

Artist Penelope Painter
Date c .435 BCE
Museum and Inventory Number London, British Museum E 149
References and Publications ARV2 1301.15
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