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The scold's bridle was an instrument of punishment used primarily on women, as a form of torture and public humiliation. First recorded in Scotland in the 1500s, the device was used on women accused of such offenses as gossiping, nagging or witchcraft. #Renaissance #TortureDevice

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17th-18th century iron executioner's mask, Tower of London exhibit. The smile was a nice touch.

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That’s the "Scold’s Bridle," a gruesome mask used as punishment for "rude, clamorous woman," who are considered to be spending too much gossiping or quarreling in the Medieval times.

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17th century English Scold's bridle at the Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester - In 17th century marriages, the image of the husband in control of the submissive wife was key. So a woman who was known to henpeck or scold her husband could be made to wear the scold's bridle as a form of public humiliation. The device consisted of a metal structure that was fitted over the head, with a metal plate that went into the woman's mouth, clamping down her tongue and preventing her from speaking.

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