Roofed Japanese Lantern
Made at the Manzanar Relocation Center
This decorative lantern was made by a Japanese American interned at California's Manzanar Relocation Center in the 1940s. During World War II, the United States government forcibly detained more than 110,000 persons of Japanese descent--70,000 of whom were U.S. citizens--at Manzanar and nine other internment camps. Artisans confined to the camps produced a wide variety of craft objects from whatever scraps or local raw materials they could find. This lantern was made from orange boxes, tree twigs, burlap scraps from the camouflage net factory operated at the camp, and glass from a broken windowpane.
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