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Image Index > Courtship Scenes > Man Fondles Boy Who Touches His Chin

A bearded man fondles a boy's genitals and holds the back of his head with the other hand. The boy reciprocates his interest by gazing up into the mans face and stroking his beard with his hand, equivalent to the chin-touching gesture one usually sees in active partners.

Artist Unknown
Date c. 520 BCE
Museum and Inventory Number Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 08.292
References and Publications E. Vermeule, "Some Erotica in Boston," Antike Kunst 12 (1969) 9-15
Dover, K. J. Greek Homosexuality (London 1978) B598
E.C. Keuls, The Reign of the Phallus (New York 1985) fig. 252-3.
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