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Item:254288078233RARE GERMAN MUSEUM PIECE IRON FORGED 17th/18th CENTURY MASK OF SHAME / SCOLD'S MASK TORTURE HUMILIATION The Scold's bridle (mask of shame) in wrought iron, used as a form of public humiliation and torture for those accused of infidelity and prostitution, but also to punish mostly female quarrelers and gossipers. This iron mask was fixed on the victim's head, while the mouthpiece entered the mouth and prevented the person from speaking, but also from eating and drinking. The victim was obliged to wear this mask for several hours or even longer and was often led through the streets to be humiliated. The pig ears on either side of the mask, contributed to this. Some mask styles were intended for woman, while others were for men. Most of these masks 17th - 18th century come originaly from Germany and they are rare today and each one is unique. The most are in private collections or torture museums. Height 46 cm (18,11 inches)Condition:Good condition with one small repair.
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MUSEUM PIECE GERMAN IRON FORGE 17th/18th CENT MASK OF SHAME SCOLD'S MASK TORTURE