20th C, hippo ivory. 7″ long. Good proportionate body superbly carved, finely incised details; signed.
In Old China, doctor dolls were used in a physician’s office for a female patient to indicate what part of the body she was hurting.
This lady doll was chosen for its dainty beauty. She is superbly carved with finely incised details. She reclines on an elaborately carved rosewood stand, wearing only an obi with floral motifs etched in maroon color covering her private part, and a pair of slippers outlined in same color. Her long black hair is bunched and tied at her nape. Her oval face has delicately carved features with eyebrows and eyes finely etched in black. The figure can be lifted off the stand. This is a signed piece by a master Japanese carver.