A wooden torture chair used for the purpose of interrogating enemies of the Qing dynasty. Thought to have been made in the early part of the 18th century, it boasts twelve sharp steel blades located in the arm, back and foot rests, and the seat (OUCH!). Despite its utilitarian purpose, it is ornately decorated with foliage, scrolls and the heads of mythological sea monsters (macara). All in very good taste . . .