Image: Unknown via. Okinawa Soba
A prisoner languishes in a small wooden crate. Notice his long fingers.
Beheading, strangulation and starvation were all acceptable execution methods in 19th-century China. What’s more, even those not sentenced to death could endure days of suffering. Such ‘justice’ in old China was not a pretty sight – so be warned: these images are not for the faint-hearted.