Male urinal, Netherlands, 1740-1760

1740-1760 in Netherlands

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Earthenware bottle-shaped male urinal with polychrome decoration, Dutch, 1740-1760

Illustrated with a picture of a woman holding an umbrella while standing by a lake, this earthenware urinal was intended for men to urinate into. Such portable urinals would have been owned, particularly by wealthier people, at a time when few hygienic toilet facilities were to be found outside of the home. They were particularly useful on long coach journeys.

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  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle

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