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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in
mat board

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.25 x 13 in., matted 16 x 20 in.

A woman with filpped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, observes two European American men arrive at hospital with hearse parked in front upon the death of an inmate at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Visible from the shoulders up in bottom right corner, Mine and another woman look at the two men in hats, bow ties and jackets as they walk toward left in foreground. A hearse with patched roof sits in midground with doors open while old men, one leaning on a cane, watch from barracks across the way.

Signed at bottom left: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 53. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 53. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 53.

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 58 of book.

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