993.371.1: Tongue Scraper, 1835-1900

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993.371.1: Tongue Scraper.
Image No. 3051 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Oriental tongue scraper composed of a carved ivory or bone feather with painted images of fleas, glass beads, two joined tassels and a large oval coin, all connected by a cord. The coin, known as the Tempo Tsuho, was struck from 1835 to 1870, a period of transition in Japan from the long ruling Shoguns to the modernization of the Meiji Restoration. The symbols on one side of the coin represents equal to 100 [100 Mon coin of Japan]. On the outer edge on two sides of the coin there is a stamp mark of a cherry blossom.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.371.1
Collection: Non-Western Medicine
Date: 1835-1900

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 68.5 cm

Object Parts

Object Materials

  • bone,
  • copper alloy,
  • glass,
  • paint,
  • textile

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