GREEK ARCHAIC Anonymous
(700 BCE - 480 BCE)
c. 530 BCE
6th c BCE
New York. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The youth shown is an athlete. Suspended from his wrist is an aryballos (oil flask) which would have contained oil used in the bath after exercise. He holds a pomegranate; a fruit associated with both fertility and death; possibly meaning he had reached puberty before his death. The girl holds a flower and was probably a younger sister.