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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.75 in, W: 14.5 in

United States, 1942-1945


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.75 x 14.5 in.

A woman in a long jacket and skirt, Mine Okubo, stands on the viewer's left and looks over her shoulder to observe two men partake in the evening garden-watering routine. They each carry two buckets of water from the laundry buildings to their garden plots. Both men wear hats and shorts. One man wears geta, while the other wears work boots. Vegetable plots are visible behind them.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 184. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 184. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 184.

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 193 of book.

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