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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.25 x 13 in.

A woman in a cross-patterned shirt, Mine Okubo, sits with her arms folded on a cot next to a pot-bellied stove. She is holding chopsticks in her right hand. Although Mine's space is partitioned by blankets, two people peek over it. Her cot is covered with books and papers; an extra pair of shoes are tucked under the cot, and a coat and shirt hang from the fabric panel. A pot sits atop the stove, and a bucket with wood scraps sits on the floor.

Signed at bottom left corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 138. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 138. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 138.

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 146 of book.

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