Paroquet Pin

Paroquet Pin

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This finished paroquet carving is one of the more vibrantly colored birds. This pin really shows Sadao Oka's ability to mix colors and paint with accuracy. He would spend hours on end mixing colors to find exactly the right shade to match his references. He had paints in his toolbox (accession number 2016.0117.103 and 2016.0117.098) that he would use to create the exact shades he wanted. Painting was one of the most time consuming and important aspects of Mr. Oka's process to create these hyper realistic birds.
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Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
green (overall color)
brown (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
orange (overall color)
overall: 1 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in x 1/4 in; 3.81 cm x 6.35 cm x.635 cm
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Credit Line
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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