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Image Index > Banquet Scenes > Men Recline And Interact With Serving Boys

Men seated on couches drink at a banquet and admire the naked seving boys, who appear to be quite young. The man in the center hands his cup to the boy to be filled. The man on the right gestures to get a boy's attention; the boy turns around and makes a return gesture with his right hand. Does this interaction depict a proposition and refusal?

Artist Douris
Date c. 485 BCE
Museum and Inventory Number London, British Museum E49
References and Publications ARV2 432.52
CVA (British Museum 9) plates 28-29
D. Buitron-Oliver, Douris: A Master-Painter of Athenian Red-Figure Vases (Mainz 1995) no.96.
Other Views of Same Object 74
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