Acupuncture training model, China, 1725-1730

Bronze figure showing acupuncture points, Chinese, early 18th century.
A bronze acupuncture training model used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for teaching the position of acupuncture points on the body. 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.
 
Currently on display in:
The Science and Art of Medicine
Year made :
1725-1730
Inventory number :
A156197