Tsune Deer Pin, by Nao Yabumoto, Tule Lake, May 1945

Tsune Deer Pin, by Nao Yabumoto, Tule Lake, May 1945

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This wooden pin was made by Tsuneyo Shimizu, who was incarcerated with her sister June Shimizu during WWII. 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. This small wooden carving of a deer shows the close relationship that the two sisters had. They were imprisoned together, and undoubtedly used each other for strength. Tsuneyo carved this pin most likely to represent that relationship and their love for each other. It depicts a small deer, connected to a wooden block that has "TSUNE" carved into it in block letters, and attached to that are two hearts, one with "T" carved into it the other with "S" carved into it.
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Object Name
date made
May 1945
place made
United States: California, Tule Lake
Physical Description
paint (part: material)
wood (overall material)
metal (part: material)
overall: 3.8 cm x 2.1 cm x.14 cm; 1 1/2 in x 13/16 in x 1/16 in
part: tsune: 1.2 cm x 1.9 cm x.4 cm; 15/32 in x 3/4 in x 5/32 in
part: deer: 1.11 cm x 1.4 cm x.1 cm; 7/16 in x 9/16 in x 1/32 in
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accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Dale Cawley
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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