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Felice Beato 
Execution of the Servant Sokichi 
1865-1868 
  
Albumen print, hand-coloured 
28,9 x 23 cm 
  
Bassenge Photography Auctions 
Courtesy of Bassenge, Berlin (Photography, Sale: 90, Lot: 4020, Dec 5, 2007) 
  
 
LL/25208 
  
In the early Meiji period the 25 year-old servant Sokichi was executed by crucifixion for the murder of the son of his employer, a store-owner, during the course of a robbery. He was affixed to a stake with two cross-pieces by tying.
Literature:
 
William A. Ewing. Faszination Körper. Meisterfotografien der menschlichen Gestalt (Leipzig, 1998) p. 251.
 
William A. Ewing The body: photographs of the human form (Chronicle Books, 1994) p. 250. ISBN 0811807622. 
 

 
  
 
  
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