cangue

Cangue (jia) or yoke for enclosing the neck of a criminal, consisting of a large and flat wooden board in two sections, held together with two iron alloy pins. Chinese inscription hand written in red and black ink on paper surrounding the hole indicating it was used in Shanghai for punishing a criminal, who would be released in a specific date. From the 8th year of the Kangxi period (1669) onwards, serious Manchu criminals were confined in the cangue as punishment but would eventually be released after a short period of time (10 days or more).

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