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codpiece, 2011, embossed engraved aeruginous copper, leather (horse, lamb), horn metal, approx. 20x17x8 cm

a codpiece (from middle english: cod, meaning 'scrotum')* is a male genital covering that attaches to the front of the crotch to accentuate the area. it is held by string, buttons, or other methods. codpieces were important items of european clothing in the 15th and 16th centuries.
this is a modern interpretation. a crutch to overcome one's inferiority complex. a potent prostheses for those in need. the object anticipates the perception future historians/archeologists will have of our era.
*also braguette, bragetto, brayette, prallbeutel, gliedschirm or schamkapsel