chamber pot

W120xL190xH140mm, China

For the Chinese, the use of a bed pan is not confined for the bed ridden but for the privileged men who are too lazy to get out of men.  In old China, the bed is the only place where heating is supplied and leaving once warm bed to the freezing world is not at all desirable and so the idea of a bedpan appeared.  For the wealthy, the bedpan are made of gold or silver, copper for the well to do, porcelain for middle class and pottery like this one for the commoners.  The metal ones are often insulated with a small duvet, it will defeat the purpose of not getting out of bed if you ended up touching something cold.  Apparently President Yuan Shi Kai’s bedpan was made of lead, as it is not as noisy to wake himself up.

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