Sunday, January 6, 2008

Depictions of Chinese punishment

The NY Public Library has scans of an 1804 book from China that shows 22 engravings of common punishment methods of the day.

This one is called "Torturing the Fingers."

I was hoping for one called "simulated drowning" or even Chinese water torture, but no such luck. One wonders how many of these tactics are still used in China today.

Via BoingBoing.

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