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Glass female urinal, Europe, 1701-1800

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. It is shown here with another example of a female urinal (A95362).

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The science of health and how to maintain it. A condition or practice which promotes good health. The definition varies widely and differs across cultures.

Glossary: urinal

A portable receptacle for urine. Urinal is now used as a term for a ceramic fixture, usually attached to a wall, that is used by men for urinating or for a place where there are facilities for urinating.