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Image Index > Courtship Scenes > Man Snatches Hare From Grasping Youth

A man teases an interested youth with a hare (typical love gift) that he pulls away, while other youths watch. Does the youth's outstreched arm suggest over-eagerness or greed? This is one of the few scenes where the youths outnumber the suitors. the strigils and oil flasks on the wall suggest a gymnastic setting. Note the man showing interest in a very young boy on the left.

Artist Brygos Painter
Date c. 475 BCE
Museum and Inventory Number Vatican H550
References and Publications ARV2 375.68
G. Koch-Harnack, Knabenliebe und Tiergeschenke: Ihre Bedeutung im päderastischen Erziehungsystem Athens. (Berlin 1983) Fig 9.
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