Model of mutilation of Chinese criminal's body

Made:
1910-1950 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Model of mutilation of Chinese criminal's body, wood, 1/30 scale, English, 1910-1950

This model, which was made in England, shows the mutilation of a Chinese criminal’s body. The victim has been lashed between posts while two men saw vertically through his body. The Chinese had various methods of execution. These included ‘slow slicing’, which involved the piecemeal cutting of the body. It was especially cruel because it caused a lingering death. Slow slicing was outlawed in 1905.

It is unclear whether the model represents the execution of a live criminal or the mutilation of the body. The model is made of wood and was created to a 1/30 scale.

Details

Category:
Asian Medicine
Object Number:
A634607
type:
model - representation
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication

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