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Porcelain figure of a Jewish matchmaker with his umbrella

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.32

Porcelain figure of a Schadchen, a Yiddish term for matchmaker, in his traditional black suit and blue umbrella. In the 19th century, a Jewish man with his everpresent umbrella became a common stereotype. It was meant to ridicule him for his cultural and social ambitions, with the umbrella as a pretentious and absurd symbol of his attempt to pass himself off as a respectable middle or upper class member of society. This statue is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Date
approximately 1801-1900  (creation)
Geography
creation : Bohemia (Czech Republic)
Classification
Decorative Arts
Category
Ceramics
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
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Record last modified: 2018-09-27 15:57:55
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