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Traditional Chinese doctor's doll* used as diagnostic tool. Displayed on carved wood stand. It was the custom in China for ladies to describe their ills to the doctor by pointing to an area on the doctor doll. This was less embarrassing then pointing to one's own anatomy. Bracelets adorn wrists, with bound feet

Unblemished, dense and well marked with striations and Schreger lines, rich color of cream to gold, smooth unctuous surface polished to a high hand finish.

Condition excellent, no chips or damage noted. Late 19th century to early 20th century.

This came out of a home where fine collectibles were cherished.

Doll 6.5" Couch 7"

*Artists and sculptors gave a free hand to intricately carved delineated nude and semi nude sculptures and one of them had a practical use- The famed Doctor’s Lady. These sculptures were intrinsically carved with each body part clearly demarcated, were either completely nude or semi nude. These figurines served a very practical purpose- they were said to be part of the Chinese medicine man’s kit and female patients were allowed to pinpoint the location of their problem or discomfort by pointing it out on these statues. The modesty and repressions or traditions of the society can be judged even today based on numerous such artifacts that have been collected and unearthened or even mentioned in ancient texts. Most of the Doctor’s Lady can be traced back to the Ming and Qing epoch when the repression to free expression was the highest.

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Asian Chinese Doctor Doll Medicine Doll Ivory Etsy


  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Material: ivory
  • Only ships within United States.
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