House Model

Artist: Unknown
Culture/People: Toraja
Place: Southeast Asia
Media: Wood, bamboo, and pigment
Dims: 28.25 x 33.5 x 8.5 in, (71.76 x 85.09 x 21.59 cm)
Date: Mid 20th century
RTC No: AS0082
Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011


This pin is eye-catching. It’s shaped like an actual pheasant. It’s exceptional because of the detail of coral, mother of pearl, and opal that’s inlaid within the pin. It reminds me of my significant other who often takes me when he goes pheasant hunting. He said that in his pueblo (Ohkay Owingeh) they use the feathers for traditional ceremonies. This is unique because in my pueblo we don’t use pheasant feathers. —Gailene Morgan (Tesuque Pueblo, Sac and Fox Nation of the Mississippi in Iowa) Hands-On Student Curator, 2018.

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