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Image Index > Athletic Scenes > Ithyphallic Athlete Presents Gift To His Clothed Admirer

Two pairs of clothed youths and naked athletes, equal in age. The forked staff of the clothed youth on the right suggests that he is a trainer. The other clothed youth is merely an admirer; the naked athlete next to him proudly shows him a flower or sprig of foliage, perhaps a victory prize. Or is he offering it as a gift to the clothed youth? Although the midsection is damaged by a scratch, one sees the top of what appears to be an erection on this athlete, something very unusual for athletic scenes. Note also the aggressive stance of the athlete, as if he is inverting the usual roles of pursuer and pursued, propositioning his admirer.

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 ARV 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 28 61
Similar Images 2 3
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