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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.

Date
approximately 1880-approximately 1917  (creation)
Geography
manufacture : Verbilki (Russia)
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: 2018-10-24 14:08:17
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