Shrew's fiddle

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A drawing of a woman in a shrew's fiddle.

A Shrew's fiddle, sometimes called a yoke or neck violin, is a restraint that was developed in the Renaissance. The shrew's fiddle is similar to the pillory in nature, although the design is slightly different. Whilst in a pillory, the subject has their hands bound parallel to the shoulders, in a shrew's fiddle, the subject has their hands bound in front of their neck, separately. Like a pillory, a shrew's fiddle, when properly attached, is effectively impossible for the subject to get out of. A subject does not normally wear shackles, however, and is allowed to walk about somewhat freely, although the design slightly hampers vision. Sometimes, the subject is given a cup, and can walk around a crowd attempting to raise money.