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Lingchi was a torture in use in China, inflicted as part of a death sentence for certain exceptional crimes (rebellion against the emperor, parricide, etc. ), But also for other crimes such as the propagation of a religion perceived as perverse. Also known as the “eight knives” or “one hundred pieces” torture, sometimes translated as “languid death” or “death of a thousand cuts”.
Lingchi consists of successively slitting and removing, in fine slices, the muscles and organs of the convict before cutting off his head. The use of opium allowed the executioners to keep the victim conscious as long as possible.
This form of execution was practiced in China between the beginning of the Xth century and 19051.

The scene is depicted on rice paper using Gouache.

Rice paper is Chinese paper made from Aralia marrow from China. This plant grows in southern China and Taiwan.
Rice paper was imported around 18052.

Gouache is made up of colored pigments, a binder (often gum arabic) and water. It gives a mat and velvety finish, with powerful shades. Because of its opacity, it is worked by superimposing the layers: wet on dry: we add details on an already dry color.

The representation of the torture scene is 17cmx25cm
Public torture scene China
XIXth c. Art and Older,  Paintings,  Gouache
25 x  17 cm  /   9.8 x  6.7 in
Themes: Genre Scene  /   Origin: Arts of China  /   Characteristic: Framed  /   Authenticity / Provenance: Original  /   Mounting: On paper  /  
Posted: september 16, 2021 / Modified: september 16, 2021
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Marisol Usandegi
Premium members Marisol Usandegi , September 16
Magnífica realizacion.
Public torture scene China
85 €  60 £  97 $ 
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Art Versailles
Art Versailles
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