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Catalog Number 2006.047
Description Green fish pin (brooch), c. 1942-1945. This pin is in green, and made of plastic. It is shaped like a fish with two white small eyes painted around the plastic border of the circles on the pin, a small opening that appears to be his mouth, a small fin with lines indented and stretched across it diagonally, and a small tail with indented lines that is shaped like part of triangle. At the bottom, part of the pin has a square like hole, which is above the silver metal safety pin that connects and mounted to the inside of the green plastic pin.
Object Name Brooch
Collection 3D - Clothing
Title Green fish pin (brooch), c. 1942-1945
Date c. 1942-1945
Creator Unknown
Role Jeweler
Inscription Text none
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-0.5 W-3.5 D-0.25 inches
Search Terms Japanese Internment
Jewelry - Brooch
World War II
World War II - Japanese
World War Two
Subjects Japanese internment
World War II