Female diagnostic figure, Chinese, 19th century.
3 3 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm

Female diagnostic figure, Chinese, 19th century.

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Description

For centuries in China it was not considered proper for male doctors to examine female patients. Women from wealthy families used carved ivory 'dolls', such as this one, to indicate their symptoms so that the doctor could make a diagnosis.
 

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10284615
 

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