Gruesome torture devices

THE state museum in Kota Baru, Kelantan, is holding a unique exhibition called Tortura, which shows visitors the various methods of torture and punishment employed in the medieval era in Europe.

State Museum board chairman Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said that the event presents an insight into how people in the era were punished, tortured and even executed.

The museum decided to host the exhibition to educate its visitors about history and create awareness about mankind’s past, he added.

The exhibition is open until Dec 13 from 9am until 5pm daily except on Friday.

“The exhibition will show an era different from the modern times when people living in Europe were punished or tortured and some executed for differences of opinions, different racial backgrounds or for their religions and social status,” he said during a media preview of the exhibition on Tuesday.

The exhibition features over 200 exhibits, paintings, diagrams and actual instruments of torture including items like the Head Crusher, Saws, Spanish Spiders, the Iron Maiden, the Guillotine and Chain Flairs.

The collection of the torture items belongs to Pio Breddo, an Italian, who entered into a partnership with Penang-born David Oh, the Well Ad Communications Sdn Bhd commercial director.

Well Ad Communications now manages the exhibition in Malaysia.

Last year, Oh said the exhibition was conducted in Malacca.

After Kelantan, Oh said the company hopes to bring it to Terengganu and Penang.

Tickets are priced at RM6 for adults and RM3 for children below 12 while students in a minimum group of 20 and above would be charged only RM2 each.

Among those who visited the exhibition were Kelantan royalty members Tengku Salwani Almarhum Sultan Yahya Petra and Tengku Rozan Almarhum Sultan Yahya Petra. Both are board members of the museum here.

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