papier-mache bonsai tree

There were many reasons driving individuals to create beautiful and intricate works of art like this papier-mâché bonsai tree. Arts and crafts were important for managing the stress, depression, and anger of imprisonment. This bonsai tree was crafted from wood, paper, and wire at Gila River Relocation Center in Arizona.
Currently not on view
Object Name
bonsai tree
bonsai plant
date made
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
paper (overall material)
iron wire (overall material)
overall: 12 in x 14 in x 9 in; 30.48 cm x 35.56 cm x 22.86 cm
base: 3 1/4 in x 11 1/2 in x 8 in; 8.255 cm x 29.21 cm x 20.32 cm
overall; part; top: 9 in x 11 1/2 in x 7 in; 22.86 cm x 29.21 cm x 17.78 cm
place made
United States: Arizona, Gila River Indian Reservation, Gila River War Relocation Center
associated place
United States: Arizona, Gila River Indian Reservation, Gila River War Relocation Center
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Cultures & Communities
Japanese American Internment Era
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, General
Japanese American Internment Era
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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