Image: Unknown via. Okinawa Soba
A hand-tinted look at the portable stocks known by Westerners as cangues
A ‘cangue’ is a type of portable torture device that was often used for forms of corporal punishment in old China. Unlike the Western equivalent, known as the stocks, cangues could be carried around. This ensured that the victim’s humiliation was as public as it could be. The device consisted of two large, flat boards, which were fitted around the individual’s neck. Often, the prisoner couldn’t reach their own mouth and had to rely on others for food. And making sure their shame was complete, their name, address, and the nature of their crimes were written on a label and stuck to the boards.
As for the person in the box in the left of the photograph, we’ll explore the form of torture depicted a bit later.