And a woman with a hetaera
(courtesan) mask, playing the aulos (a reed instrument) is accompanied by an assistant, an unmasked boy on the left.
In the case of Doktor Faustus, Mann's main character, Adrian Leverkiihn, a musician whose father had belonged to the tradition of Central European Naturphilosophie, embarks on an affair with the archetype of the Hetaera
Esmeralda, a transparent butterfly that loves shadowy realms and is symbolic of an impure, albeit diabolically tempting Philosopher's Stoney Leverkuhn finds his alchemical equivalent in the world of tones--music.
The dangers of pleasure are portrayed in comedy in the figures of the chef, parasite and hetaera
The figures who desire or are desired constitute a rich ancient taxonomy, including, among others, the erastes (an older male lover); the eromenos (his willing but not passionate younger male beloved); the kinaidos (typically the male who perversely desires to be sexually penetrated "like a woman"); the gunaikes (citizen-wives), hetaera
(courtesans) and pornae (common prostitutes); and the tribades (females who perversely perform sexual acts on other women "like a man").
Consequently, his descriptions transmit the exquisite decadence of the milieu: the Dionysian soirees held in caves on the outskirts of Athens by members of the Lykaion cult who became purely instinctual beings with the help of a hallucinogen known as kyon; Heracles Pontor's encounter with the hetaera
Yasintra and his incongruous relationship with Ponsica, his female slave, who wanted more than anything else to stick a dagger into his fleshy neck when it became apparent that he was coming too close to solving the murders of three ephebes from the academy.