Since ladies of a certain social rank could not dress entirely on their own, especially to tighten their corsets, the use of the three-panel screen allowed them to maintain their privacy when putting on their underwear. In the 19th century, it was also customary to wash the body with a damp cloth. The screen again allows modesty to be preserved. This screen is made of three frames of dyed wood carrying a woven canvas with a pattern of scales. Donation from Helen L. Colby.

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