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Bronze figurine of a male Jewish matchmaker, umbrella at his side

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.151

Small bronze statue of a shadchan, Hebrew for matchmaker, with his umbrella hanging on his arm. In the 19th century, a Jewish man and his ever present umbrella became a common stereotype. It was meant to ridicule him for his cultural and social ambitions, with the umbrella as a pretentious and absurd symbol of his attempt to pass himself off as a respectable middle or upper class member of society. This statue is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Date
approximately 1850-approximately 1899  (manufacture)
Geography
manufacture : Austria
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: 2018-01-11 14:25:14
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