Papier-mâché acupuncture figure, Japan, 1601-1700

1601-1700 in Japan

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Papier mache acupuncture figure, Japanese. Full view, black background.
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Papier mache acupuncture figure, Japanese

This figure is marked with acupuncture points and was used as a teaching tool. The figure is made from papier-mâché. Acupuncture has been practised in East Asia for over 3,000 years.

Acupuncture aims to improve the flow of qi (chi) or energy in the body by applying needles to specific points on the skin. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and traditional Japanese medicine (Kanpo) teach that qi must flow freely through the body’s meridians, or channels, to ensure health and well-being.

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paint, papier-mâché and plaster
acupuncture figure
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