Pottery Painting of Ganymede With a Hoop and Rooster
source: Wikimedia Commons
author: Bibi Saint-Pol
A pottery painting depicts Ganymede, a Greek mythological hero, holding a hoop and elater (stick) in his right hand and a rooster in his left hand. He is nude except for a wreath on his head.
Artifact: 500–490 BC
Photo: May 2007
This Greek pottery painting depicts the mythological divine hero Ganymede. In his right hand he holds a hoop and elater, used to strike the hoop. Hoop rolling was a fairly common practice among boys and men in Greco-Roman society, and was even practiced in the gymnasium.
At the time of photograph, this artifact was housed at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
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