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Rare old metal cilice, this piece is specifically one of the so-called thigh or armpit pieces, which do not cause injuries, but cause marks left by the tips of the utensil.

Traces of use.

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PERIOD : Late 19th / early 20th
DIMENSION : 31cm X 4cm
SIZE : 12.2" X 1.6"

An example of a cilice from the same period is held by the Louvre Museum in Paris, see here

The hair shirt, a deliberately painful instrument, was widely adopted in various Christian communities as a means of bodily mortification. Its objective is to fight against temptations and to promote identification with Jesus Christ through the sufferings of his Passion, as well as the spiritual fruits that result from them .

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