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Samurai executioner, beheading was the most common form of capital punishment in Japan. The criminal kneeled on a mat placed in front of a rectangular pit about 2 or 3 feet deep. He was usually blindfolded and stretched his head over the pit, the executioner whisked off the wretched man’s head at one blow. He was a well known practitioner with a very tolerable income. He received some 7 ichiboos (about $2.30) per head, and had taken off as many as 350 heads in a 12 months.

Samurai executioner, beheading was the most common form of capital punishment…

oto ©2014, Detroit Institute of Arts Date1846MediumInk on silkDimensions image: 66 1/4 x 31 1/4 in. (168.3 x 79.4 cm) overall scroll inclu...

iamjapanese: YAMAMOTO Baiitsu(山本 梅逸 Japanese, Prunus in the Moonlight 1846 ink on silk Detroit Institute of Arts