The Punishments of China, as Illustrated by 1804 Book


The Punishment Swing


Twisting of the ears and the wooden collar

The New York Public Library Digital Gallery has a set of engravings from a 1804 book titled The Punishments of China. Too bad no descriptions were given to accompany the pictures, but then I suppose the images speak for themselves.

'The Punishments of China' (1801/1804) by GH Mason at NYPL "looks like a cheerful children's book, but it provides graphic detail of ingenious cruelties devised to penalize thieves, disorderly women and translators who willfully misinterpreted others' words. The punishment for "committing fraud on merchants" was to be suspended face down on a canvas sling that could be tightened to back-breaking extremes." (for example)

Link - via Bibliodyssey


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Not true, Christophe, these days if you mess up, the government takes you out back and shoots you, then mails your family a bill for the bullet.
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These punishments are a good idea to bring back, our criminal elements are getting way too soft around the world and get away literally with bloody murder.
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