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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in

United States, 1942-1945


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.25 x 13 in.

Three hunched figures wearing heavy coats attempt to protect themselves while walking through a winter dust storm. A woman in a headscarf, Mine Okubo, covers her mouth and nose with mittened hands. A man next to her, wearing a checkered jacket and hat, looks to the viewer's right while holding a bag. A second man, wearing a dark coat, hat, and gloves, stands in front of Mine holding a cardboard box. Barracks and electric poles are visible in the far background.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom left corner: 174. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 174. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 174.

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 183 of book.

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