Two iron chastity belts, c 16th century.

Image number: 10284313

Two iron chastity belts, c 16th century.

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:
10284313
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
29 October 2003 13:21
Image rights:
Science Museum