Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Scold's Bridle

A scold's bridle was an implement of torture and humiliation used on women. It was an iron cage-like muzzle with a "curb-plate", a bit about 2 inches long which projected into the mouth and pressed down on top of the tongue. The "curb-plate" was frequently studded with spikes, so that the tongue could not be moved without sustaining serious injury. Wives who were seen as shrews and scolds were forced to wear the scold's bridle. It was locked on and sometimes adorned with bells or animal-like embellishments to draw greater humiliation.
Here is my finished painting of The Scold's Bridle

The fine lady in the scold's bridle holds the totem animal of the unruly, strident wife, the shrew. This is an original 8" x 10" acrylic painting on acid free paper. The painting does not have the black borders or the "My Good Babushka" watermark, which was added to this picture for security purposes. You can find purchasing information Here at My Good Babushka.

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