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Image Index > Courtship Scenes > 2 Youths Compete For Modest Boy

Two youths on each side (note the staffs) court a boy in the center, who is modestly wrapped up in his cloak. The youth on the right leans forward in a grasping manner, whereas the youth on the left holds a huge side of meat as a gift.

Artist Briseis Painter
Date c. 475 BCE
Museum and Inventory Number Brunswick, Bowdoin College Museum of Art 1920.002
References and Publications ARV2 407.22
K. Herbert, Ancient Art in Bowdoin College (Brunswick 1964) no. 175
G. Koch-Harnack, Knabenliebe und Tiergeschenke: Ihre Bedeutung im päderastischen Erziehungsystem Athens. (Berlin 1983) Fig 67.
Other Views of Same Object 142
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