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Wooden cane with a carved grip of a Jewish man with painted eyes

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.62

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    Brief Narrative
    Walking stick made from a single stick with a head carved in the shape of a young Jewish man in a cap. European artisans commonly adorned everyday items such as ceramics, toys, and even walking sticks, with caricatures of Jewish faces. These walking sticks are examples of racial antisemitism becoming part of everyday life.This walking stick is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.
    creation:  approximately 1801-approximately 1899
    creation: Great Britain
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    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

    Physical Description
    Lightweight, turned, varnished, mottled brown wooden walking stick with a small knob handle carved in the shape of a young man’s head. It has a short brimmed, rounded cap, short, wavy hair, and hooded, white painted eyes and black pupils. The facial features are distorted and stereotypically Jewish: thick eyebrows, a large hooked nose with a bulbous tip, and thick, protruding lips, slightly parted, with the corners pulled back in a smirk. It has a cylindrical neck with a high pointed shirt collar, angled as though leaning forward. The neck extends into a long, slender, smooth, cane shaft with a worn rounded heel.
    overall: Height: 29.875 inches (75.883 cm) | Width: 1.125 inches (2.858 cm) | Depth: 1.750 inches (4.445 cm)
    overall : wood, paint, varnish
    back of neck, red marker : 57

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    Administrative Notes

    The walking stick 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 18:30:17
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