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Schemaja Maas was born in 1746 in Cassel. He married Guetel (née) Landau. He had two children and was the uncle of Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg, who was his sister-in-law's son. He died in 1821.
This painting has been attributed to Solomon Pinhas, a German Jewish miniature painter. Pinhas was born in Bayreuth in 1759. In 1782 he moved to Kassel and became a court miniature painter there in 1788. He died in Kassel in 1839.
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Pinhas, Solomon, 1759-1839: Portrait of Schemaja Maas, Leo Baeck Institute Art and Objects Collection, 81.5000a.
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