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Bronze statue of a Jewish man with a rooster performing the kaparot ritual

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.3

Detailed bronze figure of an Orthodox Jewish man holding a rooster upside down by its feet. He appears to be performing the kaparot [atonement] ceremony, a ritual done to prepare for Yom Kippur. During the ceremony, a chicken is passed around the head while the appropriate prayer is recited. The chicken is then ritually butchered and money, or sometimes, the chicken, is given to charity. The sculpture is attributed to Austrian sculptor Carl Kauba (1865-1922). This figurine is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Artwork Title
Kaparot
Date
approximately 1900-1920  (creation)
Geography
creation : Austria
Classification
Art
Category
Sculpture
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:27:02
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