The Pear
Ordeal by fire is described, among other techniques, as pouring molten lead into the mouth. 
This device (ironically very beautiful) was used to keep the mouth open, and tongue out of the way. Once inserted, the turning of the screw would open the leaves, making it impossible for the sinner to close the mouth.

The Pear

Ordeal by fire is described, among other techniques, as pouring molten lead into the mouth. 

This device (ironically very beautiful) was used to keep the mouth open, and tongue out of the way. Once inserted, the turning of the screw would open the leaves, making it impossible for the sinner to close the mouth.