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Image Index > Courtship Scenes > Man Presents Meat To A Boy

A man hands a side of meat as a gift to a long-haired boy, who holds a hoop (frequently shown as a toy, particularly in depictions of Ganymede). That meat would be used as a love gift suggests some knowledge of the relationship on the part of the boy's family, since so much meat could not be consumed by the boy alone.

Artist Aegisthus Painter
Date c. 460 BCE
Museum and Inventory Number Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum IV. 1102
References and Publications ARV2 504.5
CVA (DDR3) plate 101.3
G. Koch-Harnack, Knabenliebe und Tiergeschenke: Ihre Bedeutung im päderastischen Erziehungsystem Athens. (Berlin 1983) Fig 67.
Other Views of Same Object 142
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