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Chinese box (torture)

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The Chinese box is a form of torture allegedly used in China in the last two centuries for execution.

Supposedly a wooden box, measuring roughly one meter, is filled to the brim with an assortment of stinging and venomous creatures, such as leeches, centipedes, scorpions, and spiders. The prisoner, stripped naked, was bound hand and foot and secured within the box, his head protruding through a hole at the top so that witnesses could observe his torture. There is no real evidence of the existence of such a device. It does not appear in George Henry Mason's work on torture in China.

References

George Henry Mason, The Punishments of China, illustr. by 22 engr., with explanations in English and French, (London, 1804)

Rishard Sair, The Book of Torture and Executions (1944) Template:Torture-stub

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