Objects
Punishing stick. Chinese
Punishing stick. Chinese
Title
Punishing stick
Ethnic groups
Chinese
Territory
Primorsky Oblast, Ussuri Krai
Date
early 20th century
Collectors
Material
Wood; ink (?)
Dimensions
length 162.0; width max 6.0; thickness 2.0-2.5
Number
РЭМ 13544-1
Annotation
Zhang is a punishing instrument: a long wooden stick slightly bent and flat in its upper part. Applied to its flat upper part is an inscription in Chinese hieroglyphs, in black ink. The handle is long, of an oval section. The whole instrument is carved out of one piece of wood. Similar punishing instrument appeared in the beginning of the Eastern Han dynasty (25–220 CE). With the advent of the Sui dynasty, the whip punishment was replaced by lashes with heavy (thick) zhang sticks made of the wood of chu tree (hemp-leaved willow shrub). In the Explanation of the Tang Code it is said that the purpose of this punishment is restriction.