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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.75 in, W: 14.5 in

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.75 x 14.5 in.

A woman with a flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, observes mochi-making in the camp kitchen. Three men in the center of the room, pound mochi with large wooden mallets in a wooden tub. A fourth man kneels beside a tub of water used to moisten the mochi. In the background against the wall is a line of ovens. Molded round mochi cakes rest on a counter in the left foreground. Three observers stand in the left midground; a man in a headband and checked shirt looks at them from the right.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 149. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 149. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 149.

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 157 of book.

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