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Embossed silver goblet with an inset Korn Jude medal

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.215

Embossed silver goblet, possibly used as a Kiddush cup, with an antisemitic Korn Jude medal from an earlier century embedded in the side. Compared to other Zim̄erer cups of this type, the scrollwork frame around the medal appears roughly modified. The seam where the medal joins the cup is crude and uneven, indicating the original medal may have been replaced with the Korn Jude piece post-manufacture. A Kiddush cup is a ceremonial vessel to hold wine for the blessing said at Shabbat and Jewish holiday meals. They are traditionally crafted out of gold or silver and commonly decorated with fruit or animals, such as the fish on the stem. Kiddush cups need to be kept in perfect condition. If one is malformed or damaged, it cannot be used. The makeshift addition of this antisemitic medal would have rendered the cup unfit for ceremonial use, which may have been the intent. Several iterations of the Korn Jude medal exist. This appears to be an example of the first iteration, likely engraved by Christian Wermuth (1661-1739) in approximately 1694, after a food shortage and grasshopper plague increased food prices in Germany. The medals show a Jewish grain dealer carrying a sack of grain, with a small devil spilling the grain to waste on the ground. The medal’s image blames Jewish greed for the spike in grain price and shows Jews working with the devil. The cup is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Date
manufacture:  1694-1739
creation:  approximately 1880
Geography
creation: Germany
Language
German
Classification
Household Utensils
Category
Drinking vessels
Object Type
Drinking cups (lcsh)
Genre/Form
Drinking vessels.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
 
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:51:19
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