Deer pin, carved by Tsuneyo Shimizu, Tule Lake, 1942-1945

Deer pin, carved by Tsuneyo Shimizu, Tule Lake, 1942-1945

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Description
This wooden pin was made by June Shimizu while she was incarcerated during WWII with her sister Tsuneyo Shimizu. During their imprisonment they both picked up arts and crafts to express themselves creatively and occupy themselves during the large amounts of free time they had. They made corsages and small wooden carvings out of leftover materials, using whatever they could find. This particular wooden carving is of a deer leaping over a log, and on the log "Tsune" is written. It has an identical copy with the name "June" on it. The sisters must have made matching pins, representing their relationship and their perseverance.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
pin
date made
1942-1945
place made
United States: California, Tule Lake
Physical Description
wood; paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1.9 cm x 2.5 cm x.7 cm; 3/4 in x 31/32 in x 9/32 in
ID Number
2015.0210.03
accession number
2015.0210
catalog number
2015.0210.03
Credit Line
Gift of Dale Cawley
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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