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" .