Western Tanager Bird Pin


This carving of a western tanager is a bright bird created by Sadao Oka. It is a delicately made bird carved from old wood with minimal tools. While Mr. Oka was forced to stay in an incarceration camp he spent the majority of his free time mastering the art of carving birds out of wood. This bird has small legs made out of wire, wrapped in thread, and its realism comes from the pictures in the Audubon identification cards and other books that Mr. Oka used as a reference. The details on this bird is mostly from paint, he used different colors to suggest detailed feathers along with the facial features of the bird.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of Jane Oka

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2016.0117.092Accession Number: 2016.0117Catalog Number: 2016.0117.092

Object Name: pin

Physical Description: wood (overall material)wire (overall material)metal (overall material)brown (overall color)gold (overall color)orange (overall color)yellow (overall color)red (overall color)painted (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 1 in x 2 in x 1/2 in; 2.54 cm x 5.08 cm x 1.27 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-aa22-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1812157

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