Lady Amherst Pheasant Bird Pin

Lady Amherst Pheasant Bird Pin

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This is a carving of a Lady Amherst Pheasant by Sadao Oka. One of many birds that he carved, the pheasant is one of the most stunning because of its long, elaborate tail feathers. Mr. Oka was able to paint those fine details that make the design of the tail feathers pop, even though he was in an incarceration camp. To do this he used tiny paint brushes that he kept in his tool box (accession numbers 2016.0117.108 and 2016.0117.109 and 2016.0117.101 and 2016.0117.103), with these he was able to precisely depict all the details he saw from the references in the Audubon identification cards.
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wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
wire (overall material)
black (overall color)
orange (overall color)
brown (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
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overall: 5 in x 1/2 in x 2 in; 12.7 cm x 1.27 cm x 5.08 cm
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Gift of Jane Oka
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Executive Order 9066
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National Museum of American History
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