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The pictured item is 8 inches long.



 

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#49 Answer from Kovelskovels.com 2018-12-07 08:45
Thank you for participating. It's a chinese doctor’s model – used by a woman patient to show the doctor where she is feeling pain or discomfort instead of having the doctor examine her. Etiquette prevented doctors from touching or seeing the naked bodies of women patients from important families.
#48 doctors toolwillem1955 2018-12-06 04:39
Goodday,, don't know where i read this years ago, but this is a female body in ivory, used by patients to point out where they had a pain or problem. Taking off clothes was apparently not needed then. Seems this was out of modesty. The doctor used this with verbal description from the patient to think out a cure. if it existed .
#47 RE: It's #whatsitwednesd ay!Emlee23 2018-12-06 04:18
An ivory netsuke-( a small object with a hole through it that would be tied through sash of kimono to be a counterweight or anchor for small things people carried with them like tobacco or medicine since there weren’t any pockets or places for these). This one I think is a woman. It’s a miniature version of 1 a doctor would have so that female patients could point to area that was the problem instead of having dr examine them to “protect their modesty”
#46 #whatsitwednesd aydbh1956 2018-12-06 01:03
This is an ivory female body model used by Asian physicians to diagnose ailments. As a result of cultural morals, a male was not supposed to view or touch a naked woman so even physicians (who were generally males) had difficulty determining the exact position of a woman's complaint. These models were used to show the physician where pain or growths were present.
#45 WhatsitWednesda ySunniladi 2018-12-06 00:32
I believe this to be an Oriental figurine used by physicians. Since a female would not discuss her personal body with a male, i.e., physician, she could point to the part of the body that had the issue that brought her to the physician, thus preserving her modesty.
#44 Medical,deviceHoundmom63 2018-12-05 23:51
The figure was used by doctors with female patients to be able to point to an ailment in their body without being touched.
#43 Chinese Medicine Womanrobbguy 2018-12-05 23:38
This is a Chinese/Asian Medicine Woman. They were used to help diagnose ladies ailments as women were not allowed to disrobe due to modesty, Doctors would be able to diagnose by ladies pointing to the area or areas that ailed them.
#42 Doctor's Dolltamerisk 2018-12-05 22:20
used in Asia by women to mark on the doll where her ailment was due to shyness so doctor would not see her bare.
#41 chopstick restJzelda 2018-12-05 22:08
chopstick rest
#40 Whatsitwednesda yjanerm 2018-12-05 21:02
This is a Chinese Medicine Lady, used to preserve a lady patient's modesty with a male doctor. She would hope for a diagnosis by pointing to the problem place on the figurine. I inherited one made of ivory, which this appears to be as well.

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