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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
SIZE : 33cm
SIZE : 13"

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

The hair shirt, designed deliberately to cause discomfort, found widespread adoption within different 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, thus hoping to reap the sought-after spiritual fruits.

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