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Porcelain tobacco bowl with an image of three Jewish hareskin dealers painted on the front

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.114

Tobacco pipe bowl with an image of three Jewish hareskin dealers painted on the front. Bowls of this type were used with German Gesteckpfeife (arranged pipe) style tobacco pipes, also known as a Jaeger Pipes, German hunter pipes, German Porcelain pipes, Tyrolean pipes, and Wine Pipes. The tobacco was packed in the porcelain bowl which was then placed in the reservoir (or abguss) of the pipe (2016.184.115b). The reservoir acted as a retainer for the juices and tar, and sometimes wine was placed in the reservoir to flavor the smoke. This style of pipe was popular in Central Europe from the 18th to the early 20th centuries and was most commonly associated with Germanic culture. The bowls that accompanied these types of pipes were often decorated with elaborate images or coats of arms. The commonly reproduced image of three Jewish hareskin dealers was very popular in northern Europe and was reproduced in various mediums. The image depicts the Jewish men with stereotypically hooked noses, hooded eyes, beards, and pointed teeth. The scene, possibly based on a Dutch folktale about three Jewish hareskin dealers who swindle a miserly farmer, can be traced back to the lithographic printing firm of Johan Martin Billroth, which opened in 1829 in Groningen, Netherlands. This tobacco pipe bowl is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

creation:  1829-1940
manufacture: Europe
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2021-12-09 09:09:44
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