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Portrait of a Jewish man smiling at a denture with a gold tooth

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.568

Oil portrait of a Jewish man holding an upper denture with a gold tooth by an unknown painter. The canvas was from a shop in Vienna, active mid-late 19th century, but the painting is thought to have a British connection. There was a huge influx of Jewish immigrants from Austria and Germany to England during that period. The portrait, though naturalistic, is a stereotypical image of a religious Jewish man with kippah, sidelocks, and large hooked nose. It also promotes the negative stereotype of the Jewish merchant looking for any way to profit from a situation. Jews had been expelled from England for 400 years, from 1290-1656. Thus their dress, customs, and way of life were often portrayed as exotic, colorful, and strange in popular culture. This painting is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.

Artwork Title
The Extraction
creation:  approximately 1870
manufacture: Vienna (Austria)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:56:08
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