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Staffordshire creamware mug of final Mendoza v. Humphreys bout

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.156

Staffordshire creamware mug depicting Jewish boxer Daniel Mendoza and his former mentor Richard Humphreys, also spelled Humphries, in their third and final bareknuckle boxing match, September 29, 1790, in Doncaster, England. Mendoza held back for several rounds, but still won quickly. Humphreys won the first bout in 1788, and Mendoza the second in 1789. Billed as Mendoza the Jew, he was Champion of England from 1792 to 1795. Mendoza was the first prominent Jewish prizefighter in England. He was smaller than his opponents, and won with superior technique, speed, and agility. His style, known as the Mendoza or Jewish school, is credited with inspiring a generation of boxers and establishing many elements of modern boxing. The mug is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

creation:  approximately 1790
commemoration:  1790 September 29
creation: Staffordshire (England)
Household Utensils
Drinking vessels
Object Type
Drinking cups (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2022-05-19 08:20:56
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