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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.

PERIOD : Late 19th century
DIMENSION : 40cm X 4.5cm (without the cord)
SIZE : 15.7" X 1.8" (without the cord)

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

The hair shirt, an intentionally uncomfortable object, was widely adopted in various Christian communities as a means of bodily mortification. Its use aims to resist temptations and to promote identification with Jesus Christ through the sufferings of his Passion, with the result of desired spiritual fruits .

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