A rare old metal cilice, this piece is specifically one of the so-called thigh or armpit pieces, which do not cause injury, but do cause marks left by the tips of the utensil.
Traces of use.
PERIOD : Late 19th / early 20th century
SIZE : 38cm X 4cm
SIZE : 15" X 1.5"
A cilice from the same period is held by the Louvre Museum in Paris, see here
A cilice is an accessory used to deliberately cause pain or discomfort to the wearer. Its use has long been widespread in the various Christian communities as a means of bodily mortification, thus seeking to combat temptations and, above all, identification with Jesus Christ in the sufferings he suffered in the Passion and the spiritual fruits that flow from it.