Did This Odd Hebrew Expression Come from an Afro-American Folktale?

The many hypothesized sources for the saying, “To have butter on one’s head.”

Mound of Butter by Antoine Vollon, 1870s. Wikipedia.

Mound of Butter by Antoine Vollon, 1870s. Wikipedia.

Observation
Jan. 9 2019
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