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Physical Description:
wire (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
thread (overall material)
synthetic fibers (overall material)
shell (overall material)
red (overall color)
green (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
paint (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 5 in x 3 in x 1 1/2 in; 12.7 cm x 7.62 cm x 3.81 cm
Object Name:
Brooch
brooch
berry brooch
Associated Place:
United States: Montana, Missoula
Date made:
1942-1945
Description:
This beautiful shell brooch or boutonniere was made by Mr. and Mrs. Takahashi. Many Japanese Americans turned to art to express their creativity and frustrations during their imprisonment. Many art classes of various kinds started popping up all around the concentration camps, providing an outlet for Japanese Americans to make beautiful things. While there was opportunity to create artwork, there was a large lack of material supplies. Prisoners would scavenge and try to find whatever they could to use for their art. Since many camps were built around dried up lake beds, many Japanese Americans found and used seashells, like the ones used in this brooch. These shells are painted red to look like bunches of berries, and captures a remarkable beauty even though it is using leftover, scavenged materials.
Location:
Currently not on view (leaf fragment)
Currently not on view
Subject:
World War II  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Roger Shimomura
ID Number:
2016.0162.17
Accession number:
2016.0162
Catalog number:
2016.0162.17
See more items in:
Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Japanese American
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-4ea5-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1808411