Steel spittoon, Iran, 1701-1900

Made:
1701-1900 in Iran
maker:
Unknown

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Steel spittoon, inlaid with gold, Persian, 18th or 19th century

Spitting was a common and socially acceptable habit in many countries, until the 1800s – when its connection with the spread of diseases such as tuberculosis (TB) was realised. Spittoons were used as containers for spit and could be found both inside and outside of public places and in private homes. This spittoon is made from steel inlaid with gold and probably belonged to a wealthy person. It has a perforated lid, which was removed when the spittoon was in use. This item was made in Persia (now known as Iran).

Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
A168566
Materials:
complete, gold (metal), steel
type:
spittoon
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle

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