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Coin de chasteté [Wedge of Chastity] 1954 / 1963

Not on display

The original version of 'Wedge of Chastity' was made in 1954, from plaster and dental plastic, so that the work looks like a tooth set in gum. Eight bronze casts were made in 1963; this cast was made especially for Duchamp. The piece has erotic connotations, as there are 'male' and 'female' parts which fit snugly together. Duchamp originally made the piece as a gift for his wife Teeny. He later explained: 'It was my wedding present to her... We usually take it with us, like a wedding ring.'

Glossary Open


The production of a sculpture by use of a mould to make a copy, usually in a more durable material, of the original work. The term is used to describe both the process and the resulting object.


The state of sexual arousal or the ability to arouse sexual feelings.

Cast, Eroticism


  • Acc. No. GMA 3968
  • Medium Bronze and dental plastic
  • Size 5.50 x 8.50 x 4.20 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995