Barn Swallow Pin

Barn Swallow Pin

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
This is a completed wooden carving of a barn swallow, and it shows the complexities of Sadao Oka's carvings. This bird is very spread out with its wings and tail feathers, and Mr. Oka tried to replicate the color and details of the barn swallow by looking at the Audubon identification card (accession number 2016.0117.057). He used all kinds of small tools to first carve out the outline, then morph it into a three dimensional, realistic wooden bird.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
wire (overall material)
metal (overall material)
blue (overall color)
brown (overall color)
black (overall color)
turquoise (overall color)
overall: 2 in x 3 in x 1/2 in; 5.08 cm x 7.62 cm x 1.27 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Jane Oka
See more items in
Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Japanese American
Executive Order 9066
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.


Add a comment about this object