Cardinal Pin

Cardinal Pin

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This tiny carving of a cardinal has a bright red color that Sadao Oka most likely spent tenuous hours mixing, trying to match the color to the cardinal depicted in the Audubon identification card (2016.0117.055). He used these cards both as reference and inspiration. The details of this bird are miniscule and precise, and many of these small intricacies are produced by Mr. Oka's skill with the paintbrush.
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Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
red (overall color)
black (overall color)
overall: 1 in x 1 1/2 in x 1/4 in; 2.54 cm x 3.81 cm x.635 cm
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Gift of Jane Oka
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Japanese American
Executive Order 9066
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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