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Image Index > Courtship Scenes > Man Accosts Boy At The Fountain

A bearded man propositions a naked youth who is carrying an empty jar to be filled at the well-house. Note the water spout on the right in the form of a lion's mouth. The well-house was a commen scene for sexual advances on heterosexual vases as well (see E. Keuls, The Reign of the Phallus [New York 1985] 235-43). On the top register, a similar-looking man (again on the left) and youth (again on the right) recline together at a banquet. Perhaps this scene represents the man's thought or fantasy in approaching the youth.

Artist Penthesileia Painter
Date c. 465 BCE
Museum and Inventory Number London, British Museum E159
References and Publications ARV2 24.9
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