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Carved Tern

Carved Tern

Maker: Peter Peltz

Medium: Wood, pigment, putty

Dimensions: 12" x 8" x 8"

Hand-carved and painted wood Tern standing on a base of driftwood.  The Tern is a large, gull-like bird with black cap, large bill of brilliant red with dark tip, silvery gray back and wings with a white body.

This carved coastal bird was given to President Kennedy by his wife Jacqueline Kennedy.  It was displayed by the President in his Oval Office of the White House.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum