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Catalog Number 2006.070.002
Description Bouquet of Flowers Shell Pin, c. 1942-1945. This pin is round in shape and is made of shells in a variety of sizes (tiny, small, and large), and painted in white, and pink flowers. The pin is surrounded in white shells with pink tiny shells in the middle of the white shells, green painted shells that look like leaves surrounding the white big shells painted in pink, white big shells painted in pink that look like three flowers which are surrounded by small blue painted shells all around the pin. All of this is glued on a wooden thin round surface. There is a silver metal safety pin mounted and glued to the wooden thin round surface.
Object Name Brooch
Collection 3D - Clothing
Title Bouquet of 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-2.5 W-2.5 D-0.125 inches
Search Terms Japanese Internment
World War II
Jewelry - Brooch
Subjects Jewelry
Jewelry making
Japanese internment
World War II