‘Death By A Thousand Cuts’ Photos From Late Qing Dynasty

Warning: These historical photographs are very graphic.

From Tiexue:

Late Qing Dynasty female criminal “Death By A Thousand Cuts” photos

A woman who is about to be executed by the famous "death by a thousand cuts" punishment for heinous crimes in the late Qing Dynasty period of China

A middle-aged woman being tied about to face her death penalty during the late Qing Dynasty

A naked Chinese woman about to be executed for a very serious crime in the late Qing Dynasty era

A Chinese ciminal with her breasts cut off during the late Qing Dynasty period

Late Qing Dynasty photograph of a female criminal suffering the "death by a thousand cuts" penalty

Late Qing Dynasty torture and execution method involves cutting pieces of flesh and limbs off

A Chinese woman criminal's chest bleeds from Qing Dynasty torture

Qing Dynasty torture method "death by a thousand cuts"

A bleeding criminal during China's Qing Dynasty suffering torture

A naked woman with pieces of her body cut off during the Chinese "death by a thousand cuts" death sentence

A female criminal strung up surrounded by onlookers during late Qing China

Qing Dynasty government officials administering the "death by a thousand cuts" penalty to a female criminal

China, late Qing Dynasty period, a female criminal is executed by cutting off her flesh, arms, legs, and head

Death by a thousand cuts punishment during the late Qing period in China

Dismembered parts of the executed criminal are placed in a basket

Decapitated body of a female Chinese criminal during the late Qing Dynasty in China

Qing dynasty officials untie the headless body of an executed criminal

Dismembered limbs of an executed Chinese criminal are placed in a basket during Qing Dynasty China

Bloody body parts after the "death by a thousand cuts" punishment in China

The cut up body parts of an executed woman in late Qing Dynasty China

This punishment was for extremely serious crimes. These photos are famous and appear all the time. This is just a recent example.

Comments from Tiexue:


If these photographs make you uncomfortable, please forgive me!

This execution is beyond cruel!


Wasn’t it said that the person cannot be allowed to die until the very last cut? Why is it that by the middle of the photos, the head was already cut off ??? And also, was it really 3,333 cuts?


Aren’t there still 18-year-old female convicts sentenced to death?

I am sad for China’s men, your insult/abuse towards China’s women is the cause of China going bad.


Fuck! Yet another zhuang bi! As long as that person indeed committed a crime, what does she being a woman or not or how old she is have anything to do with it? Is the law made specifically for men only???


Suggest China reinstate this kind of punishment, specifically against corrupt officials.


Why are you posting this kind of post! What kind of rubbish are you advocating! Is this fun? Pervert/deviant.


Mothers, on the whole, are the wombs and breasts that gave us life, us respecting them is respecting ourselves, which is raising our own positions. When killing women, it is not necessary to have them on their knees or to cut off their reproductive organs, as people who know to cherish mothers are noble.


Too cruel! Is it necessary for an execution to be this way?


Each era does what each era does, unless you guys could ask a primitive man to no longer drink blood and wear fur, sit in a Western restaurant, and immediately pick up a small knife and fork to eat steak? Don’t you understand any historical materialism!


A sick/ill society [Qing Dynasty], even if foreigners did not invade, it itself would have slowly died away.


I’ve been on Tiexue for two years now and this group of pictures has made me the most angry! Doing this to an old woman, using such a cruel punishment, where is the humanity! Looks like liberation from the Qing Dynasty is Founder Sun’s [Yat-sen] incomparable greatness! I hate feudalism, hate ignorance, and I salute our founder!


The West doesn’t have torture? Kao!


Humans are the most cruel animals, also the most savage animals, also the most fragile animals.


No matter whether the photographs are posted or not, this kind of torture indeed existed in our country’s history. Knowing this is also a good thing.

Actually, it is said that there are death penalties/executions even more cruel than this in the West.

Nowadays, some countries still have torture.


It appears that this is not the authentic dismemberment execution. It looks like in that time of decline/decay, even punishments were in decline/decay.

The dismemberment execution I recall requiring 500 cuts, with the very last being a stab into the criminal’s chest before he can die, and if the criminal dies before enough cuts are made, the person cutting will be in trouble.

The punishment are savage, but sometimes it is very effective.

Some photographs of male criminals suffering the same death penalty:

A criminal during China's Qing Dynasty is about to have his breast cut off as punishment and execution.

A criminal with parts of his chest and thighs sliced off during the dismemberment punishment in Qing Dynasty China

A male criminal suffers the death by a thousand cuts punishment during the Qing Dynasty

Some English information from Wikipedia:

Slow slicing (simplified Chinese: 凌迟; traditional Chinese: 凌遲; pinyin: língchí, alternately transliterated Ling Chi or Leng T’che), also translated as the slow process, the lingering death, or death by a thousand cuts, was a form of execution used in China from roughly AD 900 until its abolition in 1905. In this form of execution, the condemned person was killed by using a knife to methodically remove portions of the body over an extended period of time. The term língchí derives from a classical description of ascending a mountain slowly.

Lingchi was reserved for crimes viewed as especially severe, such as treason and killing one’s parents. The process involved tying the person to be executed to a wooden frame, usually in a public place. The flesh was then cut from the body in multiple slices in a process that was not specified in detail in Chinese law and therefore most likely varied. In later times, opium was sometimes administered either as an act of mercy or as a way of preventing fainting. The punishment worked on three levels: as a form of public humiliation, as a slow and lingering death, and as a punishment after death.


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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