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Ceramic figure group with 3 pigs as the stereotypical 3 Jews on a bench

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.211

Painted earthenware figure group of three pigs in overcoats and hats, sitting close together on a bench holding umbrellas. Their detailed faces have stereotypical Jewish features, such as sidelocks and large, protruding noses. Since the medieval period, antisemites frequently portrayed Jews as pigs, Judensau, because Judaism considers pigs unclean and forbids the consumption of pork. The portrayal of three, usually, older, Jewish men with their umbrellas sitting on a bench was a scene often encountered in spa towns such as Marienbad (now Mariánské Lázně, Czech Republic) and Karlsbad, Bohemia, (now Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic) that were popular with European Jewry from the late 19th century. Figurines, small dishes, and cards with this scene were sold as souvenir items. The figure group is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Artwork Title
Decorative Arts
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2023-01-31 14:16:55
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