His arms stretched out disarmingly, the faun abandons himself to the caresses of the little female faun as she gazes dreamily at him. In a reversal of the classic gender roles, the mythological hybrid creature of antiquity and the epitome of sexual drive is dominated by his companion. As a couple they look inorganic; the delicate woman is simply placed on the monstrous faun's goat-like leg. Here, Rodin has arranged two individual figures created for his 'Gates of Hell' to form a new group. Liberated from their original context, his sculptures acquired the status of autonomous artworks.