'Female Fig-leaf' was originally cast in plaster. Duchamp gave one version as a parting gift to his friend Man Ray, who left New York for Paris in 1951. This is one of ten bronze casts, made in 1961. The title of the piece suggests concealment, but 'Female Fig-leaf' may, in fact, be a cast of a woman's genitals. Duchamp did not divulge the manufacturing process of the work, and it has been described as both a simulated and an actual cast. He frequently used eroticism in his work, and in this piece combines eroticism with shock value.