Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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cigarette case with rainbow spirit
  • unknown A:shiwi (Zuñi) maker
  • cigarette case with rainbow spirit, late 1800s–1963
  • Where object was made: New Mexico, United States
  • sterling silver, jet, coral, shell, turquoise
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 x 10.5 x 2.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 3 1/8 x 4 1/8 x 1 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1480

The small, lidded rectangular silver box has a figure bending backward, identified as the rainbow goddess (possibly Amitolane). The figure's head and headdress is turquoise and jet, the body has vertical stripes of coral, turquoise, and jet/shell, with a silver row as well.