God created sex for the procreation of children and to cement the marriage relationship between a husband and wife.Abnormalities such as hermaphroditism that might thwart these purposes are no reason to depart from the moral standards set by God.
A cloth underneath them suggests that the scene is taking place outdoors, perhaps just before the hermaphrodite laid down before her napping or her bath.
Despite the removal of its original qualities the figure and pose are greatly erotic.
Earlier scholars such as Michaels saw this as not a particularly interesting statue but Bartman believes that it is not only iconographically rare but also of excellent quality.
The Ince Hermaphrodite is much more straightforward composition and composed for a single view from the front.
Bartman notes that her pose is more similar to sleepers and nymphs such as the Vatican's Ariadne than the Louvre Hermaphrodite.