Before I actually started sawing the copper sheet for this ring I was thinking about crucifixion, but now the gesture seems more resolute and graceful, like an actor taking a bow at the final curtain. He appears very dignified to me.
I think of this image as one of the most iconic photos depicting the atrocities perpetrated by American soldiers, there are electrical wires clipped to the prisoner's fingers.
I see now that when I prepared the digital image before sawing I didn't keep the proportions of the original, so the figure is 'smooshed' from the top. Funny how the camera shows us things.