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Painted metal wall bust of a sneering Jewish man in a shtreimel

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.90

Bas relief wall plaque of a Jewish man in a shtreimel, a cloth hat with fur trim often worn by Eastern European Orthodox Jews in the 19th-early 20th century. The figure is marked Fagin on the back, but this portrait does not resemble descriptions of that character from the novel Oliver Twist, 1838-1839, by Charles Dickens, although it may have been marketed that way. Caricatures of Jewish figures were commonly used to decorate everyday items, such as ceramics, toys, walking sticks, and cork stoppers, examples of racial antisemitism becoming part of everyday life. This bas-relief plaque is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Date
approximately 1900  (manufacture)
Geography
manufacture : United States ?
Classification
Decorative Arts
Category
Metalwork
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:08:10
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