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Postcards of slow slicing during the Qing Dynasty (Graphic content)

Slow slicing during the Qing Dynasty

A series of French postcards depicting one of the most gruesome punishments in China: Death by a thousand cuts (Lingchi, 凌迟).

Death by a thousand cuts or slow slicing was a form of torture and execution used in China from roughly AD 900 until its abolition in 1905.

The condemned was killed by using a knife to methodically remove portions of the body. The process involved tying the person to be executed to a wooden frame, usually in a public place.

The flesh was then cut from the body in multiple slices in a process that was not specified in detail in Chinese law and therefore most likely varied.

In later times, opium was sometimes administered either as an act of mercy or as a way of preventing fainting.

The punishment worked on three levels: as a form of public humiliation, as a slow and lingering death, and as a punishment after death. (Wikipedia)

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