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Painted metal figure of a Jew on skis with an umbrella

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.24

Cut out, painted metal silhouette of a man with stereotypical Jewish features, most noticeably, a huge, hooked nose and red hair, on skies, holding an open black umbrella over his head. A Jew carrying an umbrella was a long standing stereotype, often used to refer to the on the move peddler, or, with more genteel figures, as a sign of the Jews pretentious claim to middle class respectability. European artisans commonly adorned everyday items such as ceramics, toys, and even walking sticks, with Jewish caricatures. This folk art piece is an example of racial antisemitism becoming part of everyday life. This figurine is one of the 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Date
approximately 1920  (creation)
Geography
creation : Europe
Classification
Decorative Arts
Category
Metalwork
Object Type
Metalware (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:27:04
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