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Orchid and Hand
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

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Orchid and Hand 1983

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
A rather thin, bony hand, severed from the rest of its body, is stretched out horizontally, holding a bizarrely shaped orchid. The uneasy relationship between the hand and orchid can be felt but not explained. In this respect it is similar to the way that Man Ray and other surrealist photographers created unsettling juxtapositions between objects and bodies.


  • Acc. No. AR00229
  • Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
  • Size 37.30 x 37.50 cm (framed: 34.40 x 61.90 x 3.8 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008