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Color print of a bearded saki monkey once called the Jew monkey

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.188

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    Color print of a bearded saki monkey once called the Jew monkey


    Brief Narrative
    The engraving is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.
    Artwork Title
    Pithecia Israelita Mus. Monac
    publication/distribution:  1775
    publication: Erlangen (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    front, bottom center, black ink : Pithecia Israelita Mus. Monac. / Brachyurus Israelita Spix
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    Artist: A. Fleischmann
    Publisher: Wolfgang Walther
    The Katz Ehrenthal Collection is a collection of more than 900 objects depicting Jews and antisemitic and anti-Jewish propaganda from the medieval to the modern era, in Europe, Russia, and the United States. The collection was amassed by Peter Ehrenthal, a Romanian Holocaust survivor, to document the pervasive history of anti-Jewish hatred in Western art, politics and popular culture. It includes crude folk art as well as pieces created by Europe's finest craftsmen, prints and periodical illustrations, posters, paintings, decorative art, and toys and everyday household items decorated with depictions of stereotypical Jewish figures.

    Physical Details

    Object Type
    Etching (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Color print of an engraving of a monkey with a black face, brown body, black and brown limbs, and a black bushy tail that arches up toward its shoulder blades. Short black fur covers its head and long, thick black fur is around its mouth and chin, resembling a mustache and beard. It has large, round eyes and a flat nose and its mouth is open showing thin, white teeth. It crouches at the base of a tree in right profile with its face turned toward the viewer. Its left paw holds a low branch, its right paw and foot rest on a root, and its left foot is on the ground. Its finger and toes are long with long black nails. A caption is in a panel at the bottom.
    overall: Height: 7.375 inches (18.733 cm) | Width: 7.125 inches (18.097 cm)
    overall : paper, ink

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    Conditions on Use
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    Administrative Notes

    The engraving was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2016 by the Katz Family.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Special Collection
    Katz Ehrenthal Collection
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:12:38
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