Wooden plaque with lady in undergarments
Rectangular wooden plaque with raised carving or wood cut of woman. Carving/cutting is adhered to the plaque with some kind of adhesive. Woman is depicted in a classic pin-up pose of the 1940s. She has dark, long curly hair. Facing to the right, she is wearing green undergarments (panties and bra) and green slippers. Seated on a coral-coloured ottoman, she is suggestively posed.
Internees were often lonely and bored. Some were single at the time of their internment. As the surviving letters and postcards show, the men often thought of their families and girlfriends back home. Denied newspapers or magazines, which were considered prohibited materials in the camp, an unknown wood carver still managed to create his own pin-up girls as well as a solitary depiction of life as an internee.
The provenance of the work is not known other than it is said to have been made by an internee during World War II by the current owners.