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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.

A woman with a flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, stands in the center ground, on a hill overlooking the barracks. She holds her nose to protect herself from the smell coming from the sewage swamp located a half mile west of camp. A man wearing a hat and leaning on a cane, stands behind her, covering his face with his forearm. Another man in front of her, faces the viewer's right and holds his nose. Mountains and clouds are visible in the distance.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 176. Written in pencil, bottom left corner: 176. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 176.

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 185 of book.

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