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Image Index > Athletic Scenes > Young Trainer Admires Athlete With Strigil

A clothed trainer with forked staff stands next to a naked athlete who is scraping himself off with a strigil. Both appear equal in age and stature. The reciprocated gaze suggests some intimacy and even mutual attraction.

Artist Eretria Painter
Date c. 430 BCE
Museum and Inventory Number Austin, Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas 1980.38
References and Publications ARV2 1254.73
CVA (Great Britain 15) plate 39
A. Lezzi-Hafter, Der Eretria-Maler (Mainz 1988) no. 13
T. K. Hubbard, "Sex in the Gym: Athletic Trainers and Pedagogical Pederasty," Intertexts7 (2003) 13-15.
Other Views of Same Object 26,27
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