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Terracotta with a satirical portrayal of a Jewish peddler with an underfed cow

Object | Accession Number: 2016.184.633

Colorful terracotta figure group, Sie isch no fail, modelled by Anton Sohn in early 19th century Germany. It is a satirical depiction of a Jewish stereotype of the peddler who always tries to cheat. It depicts a man wth a long curved nose leaning against a worn looking cow with visible ribs. 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 figurine is one of the more than 900 items in the Katz Ehrenthal Collection of antisemitic artifacts and visual materials.

Artwork Title
Sie isch no fail
Alternate Title
She is not lazy
creation:  approximately 1820-1830
manufacture: Zizenhausen (Germany)
Decorative Arts
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Katz Family
Record last modified: 2022-09-23 10:58:49
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