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Terracotta figure group of 2 Jewish traders selling an old used cow to a gentile

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.602

Colorful terracotta figure group, Horse Trader, modelled by Anton Sohn in early 19th century Germany. It is a satirical and vulgar depiction of two Jewish cattle dealers using deceptive word play to sell an old, worn out cow to a German gentleman. Sohn (1769-1841), trained as a church painter, established 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 figure group is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Artwork Title
Kuhhandel: So wahr ich leb sie giebt 2 Kübel voll alle
Alternate Title
Horse Trader: It's true as I live that she gives two buckets
creation:  approximately 1819-approximately 1840
manufacture: Zizenhausen (Germany)
Decorative Arts
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2022-05-23 15:36:18
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