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Catalog Number 2006.070.001
Description Basket with flowers shell pin, c. 1942-1945. This pin made of tiny white shells that are shaped like flowers in a variety of colors (white, pink, purple). The tiny white shells are spread out next to green fabric shaped like leaves in a brown painted string basket that is shaped like a shell. On top of the brown painted string basket, is a brown painted string loop that goes from the back of the shell shaped basket to the front. Mounted on the back of the shell shaped basket is a silver metal safety pin, which is glued on.
Object Name Brooch
Collection 3D - Clothing
Title Basket with flowers shell pin, c. 1942-1945.
Date c. 1942-1945.
Creator Unknown
Role Jeweler
Provenance WWII Japanese Internment Camp Art
Notes "In practicing the art of "gaman" (a Japanese word that means to endure the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity) , the arts and crafts they created became essential both for simple creature comforts and emotional survival. Internees turned all sorts of found objects into an array of paintings and watercolors, ornamental displays, pendants and pins, purses, tools, musical instruments, toys and games, teapots and furniture. Their artistic expressions included fashioning furniture from scrap lumber, weaving baskets from unraveled twine and making floral arrangements from shells dug up from ancient seabeds." []
Dimensions H-2.25 W-1.75 D-0.125 inches
Search Terms Japanese
Japanese Americans
Japanese Internment
Jewelry - Brooch
Shell Art
World War II
World War II - Japanese
World War Two
Subjects Japanese internment
World War II