Mallard Bird Pin

Mallard Bird Pin

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This is the final form of the mallard that is seen in its previous forms. The paint is complete, the legs are attached, and the details are exact. Sadao Oka painted an immense number of birds, and gave many away as gifts, but he kept one of each of the 62 species in his Audubon bird identification cards. This bird is an exact image of the mallard on page 27 and the cover of "The Red Book of Birds of America". This final product of Mr. Oka's shows the reward of the painstaking detail that he put into every single bird that he carved. Bird carving allowed Mr. Oka to pass his spare time in imprisonment.
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place made
United States: Arizona, Poston
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
wire (overall material)
metal (overall material)
green (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
brown (overall color)
orange (overall color)
painted (overall production method/technique)
overall: 2 in x 2 in x 1/2 in; 5.08 cm x 5.08 cm x 1.27 cm
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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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