Unfinished Mallard Pin

Unfinished Mallard Pin

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This nearly finished mallard carved by Sadao Oka has its first coat of paint done. He painstakingly mixed colors for hours on end until he found the perfect hue that matched the picture from the Audubon bird identification card, or the copy of National Geographic. This particular bird is a replica of the mallard in "The Red Book of Birds of America", both on the cover and on page 22. The process is almost complete, the only things that need to be done is the finishing coat of paint and attach the wire legs. This is one of many delicate birds that Mr. Oka carved and painted while he was imprisoned in Poston incarceration camp in Arizona.
Currently not on view
Object Name
place made
United States: Arizona, Poston
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
green (overall color)
brown (overall color)
blue (overall color)
white (overall color)
pink (overall color)
overall: 2 in x 2 in x 1/4 in; 5.08 cm x 5.08 cm x.635 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Jane Oka
World War II
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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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