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Man’s chamberpot in the shape of a tiger

Man’s chamberpot in the shape of a tiger

Man’s chamberpot in the shape of a tiger

Stoneware with green glaze, Yue ware

H: 20; L: 24; W: 14 cm

Accession number:

B09.0078

Arts/Asian Art

Ancient bronze chamberpots, usually in the form of an openmouthed animal, have been found in men’s tombs dating to the Warring States period (403-221 BCE) and the Han dynasty (206 BCE - 220 CE). In later periods they were crafted in glazed ceramic, like this example. Similar chamberpots, made of less expensive materials, continued to be used in China until indoor plumbing made life more comfortable.