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Wooden towel rail, Italy, 1750-1800

Wooden towel rail, Italy, 1750-1800

Credits: Science Museum

Towel rails are not normally where we would expect to see examples of pathological conditions. Carved from wood, a growth on the neck which covers most of the shoulder can be clearly seen on this figure. Not much is known about the origins of the object but the rail may have been used in a private house or a public baths.

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Glossary: towel rail

Used for hanging towels