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Diagnostic doll , China, mid Qing period
Diagnostic doll , China, mid Qing period  - Asian Art & Antiques Style Diagnostic doll , China, mid Qing period  -
Ref : 73145
Period :
18th century
Provenance :
Medium :
Dimensions :
l. 1.57 inch X H. 6.22 inch X P. 1.1 inch
Asian Art & Antiques  - Diagnostic doll , China, mid Qing period
Cristina Ortega & Michel Dermigny

Asian Art

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Diagnostic doll , China, mid Qing period

During the 18th and 19th centuries, women going to see the doctor in China didn’t actually see much of the doctor. Chinese women – driven by Confucian beliefs about protecting the sanctity of the body – would remain hidden behind a curtain during the entire visit; it was taboo for a woman to even mention parts of her body.
With a wall of privacy between doctor and patient, a solution arose: diagnostic dolls. The doctor would hand a doll – a lady usually lounging on her side – to an ailing woman, and revealing only her hands from behind the curtain, the patient would point to the area on the doll corresponding to the part of her body in question.

Ivory. Elephantidaes spp (I/A) pré-convention, spécimen before June 1st 1947 5338/97 du 9/12/1996 article 2-W). Cites regulation outside the EU.

For a mirror similar doll, possibly an original pair, see the collection of the Wellcome Library in London.

15,8 x 4 x 2,8 cm

China 18th/19th c

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