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Image Index > Banquet Scenes > Youth Plays Kottabos With Another'S Anus

A banquet scene. The youth reclining on the couch at the left pushes a flute girl out of the way, while about to throw something, presumably at the youth on the right, who crouches exposing his anus to us. Note the kalos prominently inscribed on the pail to his right. Could it be a crude game of kottabos? Is the act of pushing the flute girl out of the way a sign of rejecting involvement with her in favor of the other youth as an erotic object? As in other scenes with naked youths at play, we see an ease and familiarity with regard to the private parts of their mates. The direct exposure of the anus is unusual, but could suggest a kind of erotic invitation to the audience.

Artist Brygos Painter
Date c. 480 BCE
Museum and Inventory Number London, British Museum E 71
References and Publications ARV2 372.29
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