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Image Index > Athletic Scenes > Victorious Athlete Congratulated By Lover

On the other side, a clothed youth offers a wreath. On this side, a naked athlete is decked with ribbons, indicating that he has won a victory. The oil flask hanging from his left arm is a typical part of his athletic equipment, but the hare dangling from his right arm is a stereotypical love gift, not a prize for athletic victory. This suggests that the youth offering him a wreath is his lover. Note also that the athlete carries a staff, a typical attribute of a man who has attained the age of majority. Is the sense here that by athletic victory, he has now demonstrated his full manhood?

Artist Kleophrades Painter
Date c. 490 BCE
Museum and Inventory Number Boston, Museum of Fine Arts 10.178
References and Publications ARV2 183.9
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