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Bottle shaped glass female urinal, Europe, 1701-1730

This is one of a pair of explicitly shaped female urinals. 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 unusual example of a female urinal (A641103).

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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.

Glossary: sanitation

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