Early 20C Chinese Pair of Stress Balls featuring Clowns

Early 20C Chinese Pair of Stress Balls featuring Clowns.



Early 20C Chinese Pair of Stress Balls featuring Clowns

Very unusual pair of Early 20th Century Chinese Pair of Stress Balls featuring Clowns from circa 1920.

Black and gold cloisonne enameled balls with enameled clown faces on each.

The balls have weights inside that when you move the make noise and shift weight…..supposedly to relieve stress in Chinese alternative medicine culture.

The box is the original box…..it is covered in red silk with blue silk floral patterns.

It shows genuine age !!

The funny thing is…..they actually work !!! I have experienced stress relief when handling them…..much to my amusement and amazement !!

Truly one for the collector of unusual objects with a bit of humor !!!

Early 20C Chinese Pair of Stress Balls featuring Clowns.

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"Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM; simplified Chinese: 中医; traditional Chinese: 中醫; pinyin: Zhōngyī) is a style of traditional Asian medicine informed by modern medicine but built on a foundation of more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practice that includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage (tui na), exercise (qigong), and dietary therapy.[1] It is primarily used as a complementary alternative medicine approach.[1] TCM is widely used in China and is becoming increasingly prevalent in Europe and North America.[1]

One of the basic tenets of TCM "holds that the body's vital energy (chi or qi) circulates through channels, called meridians, that have branches connected to bodily organs and functions."[2] Concepts of the body and of disease used in TCM reflect its ancient origins and its emphasis on dynamic processes over material structure, similar to European humoral theory.[3] Scientific investigation has found no histological or physiological evidence for traditional Chinese concepts such as qi, meridians, and acupuncture points.[a] The TCM theory and practice are not based upon scientific knowledge, and its own practitioners disagree widely on what diagnosis and treatments should be used for any given patient.[2] The effectiveness of Chinese herbal medicine remains poorly researched and documented.[7] There are concerns over a number of potentially toxic plants, animal parts, and mineral Chinese medicinals.[8] A review of cost-effectiveness research for TCM found that studies had low levels of evidence, but so far have not shown benefit outcomes.[9] Pharmaceutical research has explored the potential for creating new drugs from traditional remedies, with few successful results.[10] A Nature editorial described TCM as "fraught with pseudoscience", and said that the most obvious reason why it hasn't delivered many cures is that the majority of its treatments have no logical mechanism of action.[10] Proponents propose that research has so far missed key features of the art of TCM, such as unknown interactions between various ingredients and complex interactive biological systems.[10]

The doctrines of Chinese medicine are rooted in books such as the Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon and the Treatise on Cold Damage, as well as in cosmological notions such as yin-yang and the five phases. Starting in the 1950s, these precepts were standardized in the People's Republic of China, including attempts to integrate them with modern notions of anatomy and pathology. In the 1950s, the Chinese government promoted a systematized form of TCM.

TCM's view of the body places little emphasis on anatomical structures, but is mainly concerned with the identification of functional entities (which regulate digestion, breathing, aging etc.). While health is perceived as harmonious interaction of these entities and the outside world, disease is interpreted as a disharmony in interaction. TCM diagnosis aims to trace symptoms to patterns of an underlying disharmony, by measuring the pulse, inspecting the tongue, skin, and eyes, and looking at the eating and sleeping habits of the person as well as many other things."
Lomk: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traditional_Chinese_medicine

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Early 20C Chinese Pair of Stress Balls featuring Clowns.

Provenance: Bought at Auction in Ireland.

Dimensions: Box:5" wide, 2.75" deep and 2.5" tall

The balls each have a diameter of circa 1.75"

Price: $140.00. Sale Price Now: $100.00

 

Early 20C Chinese Pair of Stress Balls featuring Clowns

Early 20C Chinese Pair of Stress Balls featuring Clowns

Early 20C Chinese Pair of Stress Balls featuring Clowns

Early 20C Chinese Pair of Stress Balls featuring Clowns

Early 20C Chinese Pair of Stress Balls featuring Clowns

Early 20C Chinese Pair of Stress Balls featuring Clowns