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Feuille de vigne femelle [Female Fig Leaf] 1950 / 1961

Not on display

'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.

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 3967
  • Medium Bronze
  • Size 9.00 x 14.00 x 12.50 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995