Bed pan, England, 1501-1700

Made:
1501-1700 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Bed pan, green glazed earthenware, English, 16th or 17th century

Bedpans are used by people at home or in hospital who are bed bound by illness and unable to use an outside toilet or chamber pot. The handle is hollow, possibly for urination as well as allowing the urine to be poured out after use.

Made from green glazed earthenware, the shape of this bedpan (circular with a flat bottom) is typical of 1500s and 1600s design.

Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
A634427
type:
bedpan
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle

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