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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in
mat board

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.25 x 13 in., matted 16 x 20 in.

A woman with flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, stands in the right foreground and observes a man kneeling on the floor clipping grass which has grown throught the floorboards of the their living quarters, a horse stall in Tanforan. Her brother Benji also watches, while lying on a cot and resting his chin in his right hand. A little girl in a floral dress and short, cropped hair stands next to him in background. Boot sits on ground, right.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 101. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 101. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 101.

Drawings for the book, Citizen 13660, began as sketches and drawings created by Okubo while incarcerated at Tanforan and Topaz to tell faithful friends about camp life and were intended for exhibition purposes. Drawing is on page 107 of book.

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