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Image Index > Courtship Scenes > Youth Places His Hand On Boy'S Shoulder

This wine cooler displays four courting pairs in a continuous wrap-around sequence: each pair represents a different level of interaction. In this pair, a youth reaches out to a boy, who appears cautiously receptive, as suggested by the mutual eye contact and by his own right arm, which reaches out to the youth, in the direction of the youth's visible penis. Interestingly, this youth is labelled with the name Euphronios, a well-known vase painter contemporary to Smikros, and the boy is labelled "the fair Leagros," a famous noble eromenos celebrated on many vases of the period.

Artist Smikros
Date c. 510 BCE
Museum and Inventory Number J. Paul Getty Museum 82.AE.43
References and Publications J. Frel, "Euphronios and his Fellows," in W G Moon (ed.), Ancient Greek Art and Iconography (Madison 1983) 147-58
H. A. Shapiro, . "Leagros and Euphronios: Painting Pederasty in Athens." In T. K. Hubbard (ed.) Greek Love Reconsidered. (New York 2000). 25-31.
Other Views of Same Object 107 165 175 176
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