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New Year's mochi

Hibi, Hisako [ bio ]

New Year's mochi
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painting
H: 17.25 in, W: 21.5 in
oil
canvas

Topaz, Utah, ca. 1944

(99.63.2)

Description

Unstretched

Still-life of New Year's kagami mochi topped by tangerine in upper right corner on cloth backdrop. Cylinder-like object stands to the left of the mochi. Below cylindrical object are 2 pieces of fruit, 1 pomegranate on left and 1 orange on the right. Red cloth draped near center with 2 apple as at bottom. Upper left corner is a quick pencil sketch of buildings and people Signed in lower left corner: Hisako Hibi Jan. 1943.

Inscription
On back: Hisako Hibi. Jan 1943 at Topaz. Japanese without mochi (pounded sweet rice) is no New Year! It was very sad oshogatsu (New Year). So, I painted okazari mochi in the internment camp.

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