Visited the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on Sunday. It's like a scaled-down version of the Met in that you could spend a week there and not see it all, as opposed to a month. A couple of the Greek pieces were fun:
Signed by Nikothenes as potter
High-handled cup (kantharos) with depictions of lovemaking
Greek (Athens). Said to have been found at Vulci, Italy
Archaic period, about 520-510 B.C.
Ceramic; red-figure technique
An orgy is in process on this cup. The youth at the far right wields a sandal with sadistic intent. On the floor are shoes and a basin, and on the wall are a birdcage, a flute case, and a dildo.
Here's a detail:
"The youth ... wields a sandal with sadistic intent" cracked me up. Interestingly, the Egyptian exhibit contained a pair of leather sandals from 4,000 years ago.
Wine cup (kylix) with erotic scene
Late Archaic Period
about 480 B.C.
Ceramic, Red Figure
A bearded man bends over a woman with short hair (which may indicate her status as a slave). She braces herself on the stool in front of her which has lion-paw feet and various things piled on top of it, including her clothes. To the left is a couch (kline) which has an elaborately carved post with ionic volutes. An overstuffed striped cushion tops the kline.
Inscription: "the girl is pretty" (HE PAIS KALE) (above their heads), and "Hold still!"(HEXE HESUXOS) (issuing from the man's mouth)
There's nothing really admirable here: men keeping women in sexual slavery. I just thought it interesting that group sex, S&M, and the association of drinking and fucking go back much further in history than we may usually assume.