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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 flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, appears in the left foreground of an audience gathered in a mess hall, to watch a Hawaiian dancer perform on a makeshift stage. The dancer wears a long grass skirt, a bikini style top, a lei around her neck, a lei on each wrist and a flower above her left ear. Fabric is draped from the ceiling to decorate the room.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 165. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 165. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 165.

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 173 of book.

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