Two iron chastity belts, c 16th century.
Image number: 10284313
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.
- Image number:
- Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
- Date taken:
- 29 October 2003 13:21
- Image rights:
- Science Museum