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Terracotta figurine of a Jewish haggler

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.51

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    Terracotta figurine of a Jewish haggler


    Brief Narrative
    Colorful terracotta figurine, The Schacherjude [The Haggling Jew], modelled by Anton Sohn in early 19th century Germany. It is a satirical depiction of a negative Jewish stereotype, the bargainer, an upright figure in a black tricorn hat, coat, and an umbrella, gesturing and yelling to someone. Sohn (1769-1841), trained as a church painter, established a workshop in Zizenhausen, Germany, that was celebrated for its exceptionally detailed and elaborate terracotta figurines. His subject matter ranged widely and included genre and satirical groups on popular, topical themes, and religious figurines which were favorites for Christmas displays in homes, as well as businesses. This figurine is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.
    The Schacherjude
    manufacture:  approximately 1800-approximately 1841
    manufacture: Zizenhausen (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    Artisan: Anton Sohn
    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

    Decorative Arts
    Physical Description
    Molded, polychrome, hand painted terracotta figurine of a left facing Jewish peddler in a black tricorn hat, a long green coat, yellow stockings, and brown shoes. He holds a closed purple umbrella with yellow stripes by the tip in his right hand and a bulging white sack under his left arm. He gestures with his left hand and his mouth is open, as if yelling to someone. He has smooth black hair, dark eyes, a brown beard with sideburns, and a large nose. He stands on a green oval base with a paper label on the front. It has an open, flat sliced, halfback with a hollow concave interior, painted white with furrowed lines. The figure is discolored with some paint loss.
    overall: Height: 6.750 inches (17.145 cm) | Width: 3.250 inches (8.255 cm) | Depth: 1.125 inches (2.858 cm)
    overall : terracotta, paint, glaze, paper, adhesive, ink
    base, printed on paper, black ink : Nÿt z' handle? [? Bargain?]
    back, red marker : 47

    Rights & Restrictions

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

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Sohn, Anton, 1769-1841.

    Administrative Notes

    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:
    2024-02-21 07:11:16
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