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Comical figurine of a Jewish soldier, Austro-Hungarian Army

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.25

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Comical bronze figurine of a young, not especially promising, Jewish soldier. He appears to wear an Austro-Hungarian Army uniform, post-1908 Hechtgrau [pike gray] issue. The figurine was likely made a few years after this or in the early months of World War I (1914-1918). The figurine is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.
    Date
    creation:  after 1908-before 1918
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    Contributor
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    Biography
    The Katz Ehrenthal Collection is a collection of more than 900 objects depicting Jews and antisemitic and anti-Jewish propaganda from the medieval to the modern era, in Europe, Russia, and the United States. The collection was amassed by Peter Ehrenthal, a Romanian Holocaust survivor, to document the pervasive history of anti-Jewish hatred in Western art, politics and popular culture. It includes crude folk art as well as pieces created by Europe's finest craftsmen, prints and periodical illustrations, posters, paintings, decorative art, and toys and everyday household items decorated with depictions of stereotypical Jewish figures.

    Physical Details

    Language
    German
    Classification
    Decorative Arts
    Category
    Metalwork
    Physical Description
    Heavy, cast bronze figurine of a young Jewish soldier in a military uniform. He stands at attention with his legs shoulder width apart in a pigeon toed stance, arms at his sides, back straight, and stomach out. But his head tilts to the right and his right shoulder slopes downward. His detailed features include big, protruding ears, bags around his eyes, a large, bell shaped nose, puffed out cheeks, and thick, but shapely, lips. He wears a tall, cylindrical, field service cap with a short brim, 2 buttons, and a badge. His wrinkled, uniform jacket has 4 large buttons and a high, split collar. His trousers have a quatrefoil on the top thigh, side piping, and appear to end at the top of his laced ankle boots. Two pouches and a dagger are attached to the belt. He stands on a square base with an irregular surface.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 7.625 inches (19.368 cm) | Width: 1.875 inches (4.763 cm) | Depth: 1.750 inches (4.445 cm)
    Materials
    overall : bronze

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The figurine was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2016 by the Katz Family.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Special Collection
    Katz Ehrenthal Collection
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:12:34
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