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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 : 42cm X 4.5cm (without the ribbon)
SIZE : 16.5" X 1.8" (without the ribbon)

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

The hair shirt, a deliberately uncomfortable object, was widely adopted within various Christian communities as a means of bodily mortification. Its goal is to resist 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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