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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in

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 flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, sits at table to eat a meal in a mess hall at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. Mine looks at woman seated to her left while a man and child eat on other side of woman, left. Man in striped shirt across the table guzzles his food from bowl as the child next to him waves a wet spoon in the air; the are flanked by older woman and man.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 49. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 49 Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 49.

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 89 of book

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