Magistrate title: First court - King Qin Guang
Couplets to either side of magistrate
The evil-revealing mirror can distinguish between crookedness and straightness in the mind.
King Qin Guang as depicted at the Dazu Rock Carvings.
|Hell courts of course mimicked their worldly counterparts in imagery, from the accessories on the desk to the beadles surrounding the magistrate. This Western depiction of a Chinese court is from the Illustrated Christian weekly (13 June 1885).
|This second Western rendition of a Chinese court is from an 1887 Liebig trading card. (Liebig's Extract of Meat Company - a forerunner of Oxo - often included a collector's trading card, usually six in a completed set.)
|German engraving depicting a Chinese courtroom, provenance uncertain. Again note the accessories on the table which parallel those found in the hell courts.