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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 with a braided ponytail and bow, Mine Okubo, sits in a bathtub in the women's washroom, right midground. To her left, separated by a partition, three children, one boy and two girls are being bathed by their mother in an another bathtub. The mother wears a short-sleeve dress covered by an apron. An older boy, holding a towel in front of him, stands behind his mother waiting his turn.

Signed at bottom left corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 152. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 152. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 152.

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 160 of book.

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