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Bronze figurine mocking a pompous Jewish man with an accent

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.146

Bronze figurine of a caricatured Jewish businessman with the caption: “Now! Vot about it?” He has several stereotypical physical features commonly attributed to Jewish men: a large, hooked nose, large ears, thick eyebrows, hooded eyes, and bowed legs. Many of these traits were common elements developed by European artists and illustrators in previous centuries. The caption presents a phrase spoken in what is often referred to as a stereotypical Jewish accent where “what” is pronounced as “vot,” and the first letter of each word is capitalized to show the pitch and tonality is higher at the beginning than at the end of each word. This accent has a strong association with New York City (NYC) and the Northeastern region of the United States. NYC was a focal point for Eastern European Jewish immigrants fleeing antisemitic pogroms between approximately 1880 and 1920. This figurine is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Date
creation:  approximately 1850-approximately 1920
Geography
creation: United States
Language
English
Classification
Decorative Arts
Category
Metalwork
Genre/Form
Figurines.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
 
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:49:25
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