Glass female urinal, Europe, 1701-1800

Made:
1701-1800 in Europe
Left hand side: A641103, Glass female urinal, in the form of an erect penis and testicles, possibly 18th century. Right

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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 female urinal, in the form of an erect penis and testicles, possibly 18th century

This is one of a pair of explicitly shaped female urinals and was designed to resemble an erect penis with testicles. 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.

Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A641103
type:
urinal
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle