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"Chastity Belt" body ornament

American
1970s
Designed by Carl Schimel (American), Manufactured by Kim Craftsmen (American, 1950–1997)


Dimensions

Center back: 61 cm (24 in.)

Accession Number

2012.1521

Medium or Technique

Base metal

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry

Classifications

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.

Provenance

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