Pranger

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For "someone who prangs", see Prang (disambiguation). For the Austrian alpine skier Manfred Pranger, see Manfred Pranger.
Renaissance pranger in Poznań in the form of a column.

The pranger is a Central European physical punishment device related to the stocks and the pillory. The Middle Low German word means "something that pinches badly".

The pranger chained the victim's neck to a pair of leg restraints fastened around the ankles. Often the chain was short so that the offender was placed in an uncomfortable half-kneeling position.

In another type of pranger (pillory), the condemned person was tied to a column that stood in the town center for public view. The pranger was only used for public humiliation as punishment, not for painful interrogation or coercion.

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