Handwash. Also known as a sink or lavatory. Water tank with a small tap and a sink to wash your hands . It is an elemental piece of furniture in any bathroom in the home , office or public building.


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  • 1 Origins
  • 2 Manufacturing
  • 3 Designs
  • 4 Uses
  • 5 Sources


This piece of furniture has interesting data on its origins. Now I know

Antique sink

He knows because he is regularly in the bathroom fixed to the wall and connected to the plumbing system . However, this has not always been the case, and rather those of a portable nature are known, which were accompanied by a vessel containing the water that was poured into the hands.

Of these, one stands out, the one that Pontius Pilate used to wash his hands as a sign of not taking responsibility for what he decided to do to the person of Jesus Christ . These sinks arranged as fountains or fixed jugs in some wall niche, have an ancient origin and were used by the Carthaginians, Greeks and Romans .

In the Middle Ages churches and monasteries normally had it. But as a piece of household furniture they were not found before the fifteenth century . Those of this century and the next in whose manufacture Venice stood out , consisted of a more or less ornate tripod that supports an iron or wooden frame in which the booklet or basin is placed.

In some important Museums, very curious bronze and animal-shaped ewers are kept that were once used for fixed sinks and now look like furniture: they date from the twelfth and fourteenth centuries respectively. Likewise, in several Museums there are magnificent vases with beautiful ceramic jugs that had the same fate in later centuries.


Traditionally made of porcelain , today they are


the most diverse forms and materials, such as metal , stoneware or glass . As for its placement, the most common is to fit the sinks on the counter so that it is at the height of its upper end. However, there are also freestanding sinks, that is, located on the counter or others that are simply formed as an extension of it, constituting a single continuous piece of furniture.


Currently, you can see a great infinity of designs, most of which emphasizes the saving of space, lacks unnecessary ornamental elements and is usually of a single color and without drawings.

There are also designs that integrate the washing and the toilet , although in most cases it may be that its operation has not yet convinced users. But on the other hand, due to the reduced space that is allocated to the bathrooms of the houses of social interest they could be functional options.


In public places like restaurants or those related to food service , he recommends the diner wash their hands before eating and after going to the bathroom with a sign posted somewhere near the sink, regularly spelled out. It is worth mentioning that an invariable companion to the sink is the mirror , which allows the diner, after washing his hands , to give himself a “cat’s hand”.


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