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Okubo, Mine

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H: 10 in, W: 14.5 in

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 10 x 14.5 in.

A woman in a cross-patterned shirt and pleated skirt, Mine Okubo, stands in the right middle ground as a pregnant woman walks by, accompanied by eight children of varying ages. The woman, wearing a flower-patterned dress, has her hair in a bun, and holds the hand of a small girl. An older girl follows carrying an infant in her arms. Two barracks and an electric pole are visible in the left background.

Signed at bottom left corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 155. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 155. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 155.

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 163 of book.

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