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Image Index > Courtship Scenes > Overeager Youth Grasps At Gift

As on the other side, three lovers compete for two youths, although one of the three lovers (the figure with a staff on the far right) is himself a youth. On the left, a youth holds his hand out to a man, but modestly lowers his gaze Or is he reaching into the man's cloak to find a concealed gift? In the central pair, a man teases a youth by pulling his gift (a flower?) away with his right hand, while the naked youth eagerly rushes forward, eyes fixed on the gift, not noticing that his genitals are about to enter the grasp of the lover's other hand. He seems to ignore the large fillet offered by the wooer on his right.

Artist Douris
Date c. 480 BCE
Museum and Inventory Number New York, Metropolitan Museum 52.11.4
References and Publications ARV2 437.114
CVA (British Museum 9) 30-31
D. Buitron-Oliver, Douris: A Master-Painter of Athenian Red-Figure Vases (Mainz 1995) no. 152
T.K. Hubbard, "Pindar, Theoxenus, and the Homoerotic Eye," Arethusa 35 (2000) 275-79
E.C. Keuls, The Reign of the Phallus (New York 1985) fig. 266
M.F. Kilmer, Greek Erotica on Attic Red-Figure Vases (London 1993) R568.
Other Views of Same Object 111 166
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