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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 in a cross-patterned shirt, Mine Okubo, stands in a nursery school classroom. A teacher in a flower-patterned dress is seated, consoling a crying child. Three preschoolers wearing bibs, sit at a table looking at books. Two others stand by a row of cubbies, while another paints at an easel. A ball, toy animal and book sit atop the cubbies.

Signed at bottom left corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom center: 157. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 157.

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 165 of book.

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