Monday, January 08, 2018


Whatsoever Thy Hand Findeth to Do, Do It With Thy Might

Thomas W. Laqueur, Solitary Sex: A Cultural History of Masturbation (New York: Zone Books, 2003), p. 443, n. 24:
Satyrs who on vases are shown masturbating with one hand use the right one.
Cf. a kylix by the Amasis Painter depicting two satyrs (Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, accession number 10.651):

Unless I'm misunderstanding some convention of ancient art, it appears that the satyr on the left is using his left hand, and the one on the right is using his right hand. So the cup is interpreted by Martin F. Kilmer and Robert Develin, "The Amasis Painter: Erotica, Scatologica and Inscriptions," Electronic Antiquity 2.1 (June 1994).

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