Medieval chastity belt with padlock.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

Medieval chastity belt with padlock.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Chastity belts originated in the 15th century. They were devices designed to prevent the female wearer from having sexual intercourse, and incorporated openings to facilitate urination and defecation. They were locked to prevent their removal. Front view with padlock lying next to the belt.

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