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Trial by weight.

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Trial by weight.
Herbsthoffer, Charles (Artist)

Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection


Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1867
Date Issued: 1880
Library locations
Art and Picture Collection
Shelf locator: PC WITC
Judicial proceedings
Judges -- 1500-1599
Source identifier: 116 (Hades Legacy Identifier / Struc ID)
Content: Women accused of witchcraft are "tried by weight" (note the large set of scales to the left) before a panel of magistrates. Holy Roman Emperor Charles V had sought to create more stringent requirements for prosecution under the Inquisition in the 1500s, one of which was that an accused witch had to be lighter in weight than a good Christian.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : b ; 23 x 30 cm. (8 3/4 x 11 1/2 in.)
Type of Resource
Still image
Dynix: 1996742
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b17517412
Barcode: 33333159334370
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 72198ea0-c565-012f-2edc-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
The copyright and related rights status of this item has been reviewed by The New York Public Library, but we were unable to make a conclusive determination as to the copyright status of the item. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use.

Item timeline of events

  • 1867: Created (Approximate)
  • 2014: Digitized
  • 2018: Found by you!
  • 2019

MLA Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Trial by weight." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1867 - 1880. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-515f-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Trial by weight." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 24, 2018. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-515f-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. (1867 - 1880). Trial by weight. Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-515f-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Wikipedia Citation

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Trial by weight.