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Biographical/Historical Information

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: Portrait of Schemaja Maas, Leo Baeck Institute, 81.5000a.