Shame mask

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In the 17th century, masks of shame were instruments used to carry out an honorary penalty . A mask was put on the convict and had to wear it for one or more days. Most of these masks were made of metal and had the appearance of an abstract animal head with specific features for the offense committed. So stood z. For example, large ears on the mask for a person listening, or a sticking tongue for talkativeness.

The disgraceful mask was one of the punishments of honor and was put on the convicted of minor offenses in order to expose him to ridicule. Most of the time, the convict was in the pillory with a plaque around his neck, on which his crime was written. So any citizen who passed the pillory could mock the person.

The Shame Mask is also the title of a book by Minette Walters .

Scold's bridle

A woman with Scold's bridle in New England

As a scold's bridle (about Plappermauls bridle ) or branks similar device was described that the 17th century was used as a punishment for women in Scotland and England, who were considered gossiping end or nagging wives or showed other unwanted behaviors. The steel bridle was placed around the prisoner's head and a mouth gag with a spiked metal plate held her tongue “in check”.

Individual evidence

  1. Books
  2. Museum history talk sheds light on the Scold's Bridle ( Memento of the original from January 26, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. . Walsall Council, May 11, 2009. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. Scold's Bridle . National Education Network, accessed January 26, 2016.

Web links

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