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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 an upturned forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, stands in the right foreground, with her back to the viewer, as a man in a bathrobe carrying a towel, cup and toothbrush, exits the washrooms. A woman with a towel over her hair, carries a wash bowl and waits next to Mine. A woman is in the backgound carries two buckets. Two men in the background wear tall getas to traverse the muddy ground. Four barracks are visible.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 153. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 153. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 153.

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 161 of book.

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