Woman Artist Helen LaFrance by Shelton Gallery

Chinese Carved Oxen Bone Doctor's Lady

Chinese Carved Oxen Bone Doctor's Lady

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Organics: Ivory: Pre 1920: Item # 1203593

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Shelton Gallery - Helen LaFrance, Fine Art and Antiques
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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 3" x 1" and the lady measures the same. There is no damage on this piece. Such an interesting piece for a collection!