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White porcelain figurine of a Jewish matchmaker with his umbrella

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.39

White parian porcelain figurine, possibly a shadchan, Hebrew for matchmaker, made in late 19th century Russia. They were generally painted for sale. In the 19th century, a Jewish man with his ever present umbrella became a common stereotype. It was meant to ridicule him for his cultural and social ambitions, with the umbrella as a pretentious 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.

creation:  approximately 1880-approximately 1917
manufacture: Verbilki (Russia)
Decorative Arts
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:50:53
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