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22 Western Depictions of Qing Dynasty Crime and Punishment

Monday, April 15, 2013 | By:

Ancient Chinese judicial punishment and trial are frequently portrayed in Ancient Chinese TV Series (古装戏, gǔzhuāng xì). Not only did the judicial systems vary across dynasties, many emperors promoted different methods of torturing and punishing criminals. In Late Imperial China, capital punishment alone could be divided into slow slicing, beheading, strangling, etc. Our attention was drawn to a collection of 51 images depicting the different forms of judicial torture and punishment in the Qing Dynasty, detailing interrogation, corporal punishment, attending officers, and criminals. The collection comes from 19th century Westerners’ China travelogues at the George Peabody Library. Here are 22 of them:

1. A Culprit a Magistrate (升堂提审, Shēng táng tíshěn)

001

 

2. A Culprit Conveyed to Prison (押赴收监, Yā fù shōujiān)

002

3. A Culprit Conducted to Trial (游街示众, Yóujiē shìzhòng)

003

4. An Offender Undergoing the Bastinade (板子杖梃, Bǎnzi zhàng tǐng)

004

5. Twisting a Man’s Ears (钳扭双耳, Qián niǔ shuāng ěr)

005

 

6. Punishment of the Swing (悬空吊刑, Xuánkōng diào xíng)

006

 

7. Punishing a Boatman (照面拍板, Zhàomiàn pāibǎn)

007

8. Punishing an Interpreter (竹桥渡仙, Zhú qiáo dù xiān)

008

9. The Rack (机架夹足, Jī jià jiā zú)

009

10. Torturing the Fingers (排木夹指, Pái mù jiā zhǐ)

010

11. Burning a Man’s Eyes with Lime (石灰腌目, Shíhuī yān mù)

011

12. A Malefactor Chained to an Iron Bar (负柱铐链, Fù zhù kào liàn)

012

13. Punishment of the Wooden Collar (上枷待決, Shàng jiā dài jué)

013

14. A Man Fastened to a Large Block of Wood (拖木禁行, Tuō mù jìn xíng)

014

15.A Malefactor in a Cage (囚笼押送, Qiú lóng yāsòng)

015

16. Punishment of the Wooden Tube (套竹定椿, Tào zhú dìng chūn)

016

17. Hamstringing a Malefactor (挑断脚筋, Tiāo duàn jiǎo jīn)

017

18. Close Confinement (长凳锁禁, Cháng dèng suǒ jìn)

018

19. Conducting an Offender into Banishment (解犯驱逐, Jiě fàn qūzhú)

019

20. A Malefactor Conducted to Execution (押往刑场, Yā wǎng xíngchǎng)

020

21. The capital Punishment of the Cord (环首死刑, Huán shǒu sǐxíng)

021

22. Punishment of the Tcha, or Cangue (枷禁, Jiā jìn)

023

 

You can view the entire collection online here on Flickr.

H/T China Underground.

 

 

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