Execution and mutilation of criminals

Execution and mutilation of criminals

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Caption: Dutch judge and Javanese rulers witnessing the execution and mutilation of criminals, Java. 1807, A rather spectacular water-colour by an artist whose name is unknown. The drawing depicts a Dutch Judge, dressed in black, surrounded by six Javanese officials (one of whom is probably the ruler of a coastal Regency in north-east Java) witnessing the execution of four Javanese criminals. Two of the prisoners, dressed in white, which is the colour of death, are tied to posts while the executioners make ready to despatch them with the ceremonialkeris. On the far left one criminal lies dead, while in the centre foreground another Javanese offender is being trussed up and apparently made ready to have his limbs cut off, a punishment commonly inflicted on.

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