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Painted wooden figure of an Austrian court Jew

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.540

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    Painted wooden figure of an Austrian court Jew


    Brief Narrative
    18th century painted wooden figure of an Austrian court Jew. It may represent Rabbi Samson Wertheimer (1658-1724), chief rabbi for Hungary and Moravia, and a well known financier, philanthropist, and scholar. He was the Finance Minister and influential adviser to Emperor Leopold I. The figure is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.
    creation:  approximately 1700
    creation: Austria
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
    Compiler: Peter Ehrenthal
    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

    Decorative Arts
    overall: Height: 9.000 inches (22.86 cm)
    overall : wood, paint

    Rights & Restrictions

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    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
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    Administrative Notes

    The wooden figure 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 18:30:37
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