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Kneeling Fauness

Inscribed front of base: Faunesse; and on right side of base, toward front: 2ème Epreuve. Foundry mark right side of base: F. RUDIER./ FOUNDEUR.PARIS.

Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917. Cast made by F. Rudier, Paris.

Modeled c. 1887; cast 1900


21 x 8 x 10 1/2 inches (53.3 x 20.3 x 26.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Rodin Museum

* Rodin Museum, East Gallery

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929

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Found on the left side of the rectangular area above the doors of The Gates of Hell (Philadelphia Museum of Art, F1929-7-128), Kneeling Fauness is one of a large group of half-human, half-animal figures from Greek mythology that Rodin used to explore ideas of unrestrained female sexuality. She lacks the goat hindquarters visible in other hybrid figures by Rodin; it is only in her face that she appears not quite fully human.

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