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Cigar box with a carving of three Jewish hareskin dealers

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.577

Wood cigar box with an image of three Jewish hareskin dealers carved on the front. Cigars became popular across Europe during the 19th century. Cigar cases are meant to protect cigars from external damage and to regulate humidity to prevent the cigar from prematurely drying out. The image on the cigar box depicts the men with stereotypically hooked noses, hooded eyes, beards, and pointed teeth. The scene, possibly based on a Dutch folktale about three Jewish hareskin dealers who swindle a miserly farmer, can be traced back to the lithographic printing firm of Johan Martin Billroth, which opened in 1829 in Groningen, Netherlands. This image was popular in northern Europe in the early 19th century and was reproduced in various mediums. The cigar box is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Date
creation:  1829
Geography
creation: Europe
Classification
Containers
Category
Boxes
Object Type
Cigar boxes (lcsh)
Genre/Form
Boxes.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
 
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:44:17
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