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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 with a flipped forelock of hair and cross-patterned shirt, Mine Okubo, stands in profile with her back to the viewer, observing two men walk by carrying fishing gear. The first man wears a dark hat, sweater and pants, and holds a fishing pole over his shoulder. The second man, wears a light-colored hat, short sleeve jacket and pants, and carries a pole with a pail tied to its end over his shoulder. A third man is fishing in the background, sitting atop one of the small hills that line the irrigation ditches.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 194. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 194. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 194.

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 204 of book.

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