Gold purse with openwork floral design bordered along front edges with inset alternating rubies and emeralds. Center front of purse has a raised floral design inset with diamonds surrounding an emerald in center. Five smaller leaf motifs inlayed with diamonds and emeralds are at each corner and top of the purse. The purse has a chain link strap.
King Hassan of Morocco presented First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy with this gold purse, decorated with diamonds, rubies and emeralds.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, MA. Courtesy of Caroline B. Kennedy
Head of Buddha
2nd century A.D. Gandharan style stucco head of Buddha presented to President John F. Kennedy on September 5, 1963, by His Majesty Mohammad Zahir Shah, King of Afghanistan during his state visit to the White House.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, MA. Accession number MO 95.91
This vase was presented to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy during her tour of the Wein Augarten Porcelain Factory by the Lord Mayor of Vienna Austria, Franz Jonas as part of President John F. Kennedy and Mrs. Kennedy's state visit to Vienna in 1961.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, MA. Accession number MO 63.1255
Figurine of a Horse and Rider
Porcelain figurine of a rider of the Spanish Riding Academy in Vienna on a white horse. This figurine was presented to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on the occasion of her visit to Austria for the Vienna Conference in June 1961 while on tour of the Augarten Porcelain Factory.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, MA. Accession number MO 63.480
Replica of Michelangelo's Pietá
Carved replica of the Pietá, very similar to Michelangelo's original in overall composition and detail, depicting the dead body of Jesus in the arms of his mother Mary, after his crucifixion. Jesus bears the wounds of crucifixion on his rib cage and feet. The base is inscribed in Latin: "PAULUS VI P.M. IOANNI F. KENNEDY POSTR. KAL. IUL. A. MCMLXIII." (Pope Paul the VI Pontificus Maximus for John F. Kennedy on the day following the 1st of July 1963).
This replica was received in Rome during President John F. Kennedy's state visit to Italy on July 2, 1963.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, MA. Accession number MO 63.6096
Replica of General George Washington's sword
Replica of General George Washington's sword, which he wore while commanding the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, made from a silicone cast of Washington sword at the Smithsonian. President Kennedy had this sword made to give to select visiting heads of state; he presented swords to Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, and President Eamon de Valera of Ireland.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, MA. Accession number MO 69.11a-b