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Terracotta of a French customs officer harassing a Jewish peddler and his son

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.591

Colorful terracotta figure group modelled by Anton Sohn in early 19th century Germany. It depicts a uniformed French customs agent tormenting a comically dressed Jewish peddler and his small crying son by grinding his foot in the merchant's open sack of goods. The label for this version has the guard swearing at and cursing the Jew for his audacity. Sohn (1769-1841), trained as a church painter, stablished a workshop in Zizenhausen, Germany, that was celebrated for its exceptionally detailed and elaborate terracotta figurines. His subject matter ranged widely and included genre and satirical groups on popular, topical themes, and religious figurines which were favorites for Christmas displays in homes, as well as businesses. This figurine is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Artwork Title
Der Zollgardift
Date
1838-1842  (creation)
Geography
manufacture : Zizenhausen (Germany)
Language
French
German
Classification
Decorative Arts
Category
Ceramics
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:08:12
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