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Blue Jay Bird Pin

Blue Jay Bird Pin

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Description
This finished blue jay is one of the more beautiful birds Sadao Oka carved. It's a great example of the photo realism that he was able to accomplish. This carving is also a great example of how he used a reference to carve. He used one of the Audubon identification cards as a base, and there is even another blue jay carving (accession number 2016.0117.009) that is in the same exact position. Even the details of the feathers are in the same pattern. The precision and accuracy of Mr. Oka's carvings are remarkable. The birds legs are made out of extra wire from the mesh that covered barrack windows, but to make the wire look like bird legs, Mr. Oka would wrap a thin thread (accession number 2016.0117.099) that matched the color of the leg. There were so many small details that Mr. Oka was able to master in his spare time during his incarceration.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
pin
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
wire (overall material)
metal (overall material)
blue (overall color)
brown (overall color)
white (overall color)
black (overall color)
Measurements
overall: 2 in x 1 1/2 in x 1/2 in; 5.08 cm x 3.81 cm x 1.27 cm
ID Number
2016.0117.089
accession number
2016.0117
catalog number
2016.0117.089
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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