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Adams Co. stoneware jug with an image of Oliver Twists's arrival in Fagin's lair

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.573

Adams ceramic pitcher with a painted scene from the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, 1838-1840. Based on an illustration by George Cruikshank, it shows Oliver being introduced to Fagin and the criminal gang. Fagin is a devil-like Jewish criminal whose portrayal exploits many negative antisemitic stereotypes. Referred to as The Jew, Fagin is greedy, vicious, and kidnaps small children to train as thieves. Dickens shared a common prejudice of the day, saying that if a character was a fence, he had to be a Jew because "that class of criminal almost invariably was a Jew." Some adaptations try to downplay Fagin's ethnic identity, or make him a comic figure, but his Jewishness is central to his depiction. These candlesticks are two of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.This pitcher is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.

Date
approximately 1895  (creation)
Geography
manufacture : Tunstall (England)
Language
English
Classification
Household Utensils
Category
Drinking vessels
Object Type
Pitchers (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:24:26
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