Ivory figure of a woman reclining on upholstered wooden couch


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Ivory diagnostic figure, reclining. Chinese. Front view. White background.
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Ivory figure of a woman reclining on upholstered wooden couch, China, 1700-1920

An ivory figure of a woman reclining on an upholstered wooden couch. Historians thought that Chinese women would point out where their body was affected by illness on a doll like this, instead of having a physical examination. Now most historians think this is a myth.

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