chapter  XXX
Varia: 1 On the Genealogy of the ‘Fig-Leaf’
(1912)
WithSándor Ferenczi, Michael Balint, Eric Mosbacher
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The choice of the fig-leaf for the concealment of the pudenda is to be explained by the symbolic identification of the genitals with the fruit of the fig. See the following couplet of Archilochus: ‘Generous fig on the rock, food for many crows; Pasiliphe opening her lap to strangers.’ (Quoted from Richard Nordhausen’s Ars Amandi, p. 30.)