Southern Coin Silver and Antiques from Shelton Gallery

Chinese Carved Bone Doctor's Lady on Wood Bed

Chinese Carved Bone Doctor's Lady on Wood Bed

browse these categories for related items...
Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Mixed Media: Pre 1920: Item # 1318191

Please refer to our stock # largedrdoll when inquiring.
Shelton Gallery Antiques and Fine Art
View Seller Profile
TN 37205

Guest Book

This is a great piece of Chinese history. A Chinese Doctor's Lady is a small figurine depicting a nude or nearly nude female, usually said to have been used by traditional Chinese male physicians to allow a female patient to indicate the location of her discomfort in a modest fashion, without showing or pointing to her own body. "Doctor's ladies" may be made from various materials such as ivory, resin, semiprecious stone, or soapstone, and are typically from 3 to 9 inches long, often with a base in the form of a couch. Examples are known from the Ming and Qing periods. The couch measures 4" x 1 1/4 x 3/4". The lady measures 4" x 1/2 x 1/2" .