Ivory figure of a man massaging the back of another man who is reading, Japan, 1701-1900

Made:
1701-1900 in Japan
maker:
Unknown

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Ivory figure of man massaging the back of another man. Japan. 1700s to 1800s. Front view, White background.
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Ivory figure of man massaging the back of another man. Japan. 1700s to 1800s. Back view, White background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Ivory figure in the form of a man massaging the back of another man who is reading, signed, Japan, 1700s or 1800s

A Japanese ivory figure of a man massaging the back of another man whilst he reads. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, massage helps the qi energy flow in channels around the body.

Details

Category:
Oriental Medicine
Object Number:
A641202
Materials:
complete, ivory
type:
netsuke, ethnography (japanese), statue, male; massaging, netsuke, costume (personal accessories), ethnography (general), therapeutics (physiotherapy), massage, costume (personal accessories), ethnography (general), male
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture
credit:
Glendining
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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