Cat's Paw or Spanish Tickler

The Medieval Torture Museum

San Gimignano, Italy

This instrument looks very much like a cat's paw with very long and sharp claws. It was brutally used to rip the victim's flesh to shreds. Because of the dimension of the claws, muscles and bones were no obstacle in this barbaric practice. It was, of course, inflicted on victims tied up hand and foot.

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