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"Chastity Belt" body ornament

Designed by Carl Schimel (American), Manufactured by Kim Craftsmen (American, 1950–1997)


Center back: 61 cm (24 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Base metal

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry


Jewelry / Adornment

Chain-link “chastity belt.” Locket at waist serves as a container for birth control pills. Three beaded chains hang down from center medallion. Chain ‘straps’ sit under breasts, around waist, and wrap around at back.


1970s, made by Carl Schimel for Kim Craftmen; before 2012, gift of Carl Schimel to his daughter, Elyse Schimel; 2012, year-end gift of Elyse Schimel to the MFA. (Accession date: February 27, 2013)

Credit Line

Gift of Elyse Schimel of CJS