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Wooden towel rail, Switzerland, 1750-1900

Outstretched in the man’s arms is a rail used to hang towels before and after washing. The carved and painted man looks like a personal servant. Not much is known about the origins of the object, but it may have been used in private houses or public baths. The towel rail was bought from a private collection in 1929.

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Glossary: towel rail

Used for hanging towels