Bottle shaped glass female urinal, Europe, 1701-1730

Made:
1701-1730 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Left hand side: A641103, Glass female urinal, in the form of an erect penis and testicles, possibly 18th century. Right
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Glass, bottle shaped female urinal, 1701-1730

This is one of a pair of explicitly shaped female urinals. Little is known about the origins of this particular example, but such portable urinals would have been owned by wealthy women at a time when few hygienic toilet facilities would have been available outside of the home. They were particularly useful on long coach journeys.

It is shown here with another unusual example of a female urinal (A641103).

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Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
A95362
type:
urinal
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
credit:
Bruschi
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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