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Scold's bridle: instrument of torture and punishment

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Resembling an iron muzzle, the Scold’s bridle was a device originating in the 16th century that aimed to humiliate and cause great pain to the wearer. Women were often forced to endure it as a punishment for immodest, rude and transgressive behaviour. A metal bit would press down on the wearer's tongue and prevent them from eating and talking. Presented by Visitor Experience Assistant, Elissavet Ntoulia. Watch more videos in our 'Curiosities from the Collection' series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBqmtWHv01k&list=PLScgI9IJlBNUEDcH1GkqSXqNxfo7Zpe3d The Scold's bridle is available to view in our Medicine Man gallery: http://wellcomecollection.org/medicine-man Find us on Facebook: - http://www.facebook.com/wellcomecollection Follow us on Twitter: - http://twitter.com/explorewellcome See us on Instagram: - http://instagram.com/wellcomecollection
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