Cangue punishment in China, 19th century

Cangue punishment in China, 19th century

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Credit: MIRIAM AND IRA D. WALLACH DIVISION OF ART, PRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS/NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cangue punishment in China. 19th-century albumen print of two men in Shanghai, China, each being punished by the wearing of a cangue. The cangue, a large wooden board fixed around the neck, varied in weight. These are relatively light cangues. The labels on the cangues listed the offender's name, address and the crime of which they had been convicted. The size of the cangue usually meant that the person wearing it would not be able to feed themselves without help from others. This image dates from 1860 to 1890.

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