A bronze acupuncture training model used in traditional Chinese medicine for teaching the position of acupuncture points on the body.
We can date the model from circa 1725-1730 or Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng Period.
The model was covered in a thick layer of wax and filled with water or mercury. Students pressed acupuncture needles into the wax, and discovered if they had found the right spot when the liquid poured out.
The cast is standing upright, fixed with two rods in the stand, the figure modelled with well-pronounced facial features including a wrinkled forehead and pointed nose flanked by long earlobes, below neatly combed back hair extending into a pointed tip below the nape on the reverse, the rounded stomach framed by slender limbs, pierced overall save for the hair with perforations for needles in specific positions.
The figurine stands on a brocade stand.
Height : 30 cm including stand.
This example is illustrated in Soulié de Morant’s book (L’acupuncture chinoise, volume 1, Paris, Mercure de France, 1939, p. 288). It was bought by Gérard Lévy from Soulié de Morant’s family and exhibited at the 1974 Biennale des antiquaires where it was offered for sale for 80 000 francs. It was bought by the previous collector and has remained in the family until today.
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