Applying Clan Law to Demons: Zhou Han and Griffith John

David Leffmanwoodblock, Woodblock print 1 Comment

Here’s a Chinese print apparently illustrating a typical nineteenth-century court scene. Flanked by two rows of officials, a magistrate and his staff sit behind a desk judging criminal cases, while out in front the court police dole out beatings and other punishments to encourage suspects to confess. A bit savage perhaps, but part of daily life at the time. Except …