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Tan ceramic beer stein with a lid painting of Susanna in the bath on the lid

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.579

Ceramic beer stein with a pewter lid encasing a painted porcelain image of Susanna in the bath. It depicts two Jewish men peeping through a wall at a woman taking a shower in her bathing dress. The title refers to the Biblical episode, but since the picture is a contemporary one, the painter's insult makes clear that this predatory behavior has been ingrained in Jews for centuries. Steins with anti-Jewish images were very popular in late 19th century Germany. The constitution of the newly unified Germany, adopted in 1871, emancipated all Jews. The following decades saw a surge in anti-semitism. It was more vicious and openly expressed, and became a popular cause for several political parties. This object is one of more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic visual materials.

manufacture: Germany?
Household Utensils
Drinking vessels
Object Type
Steins (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2022-04-11 09:13:24
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