Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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cigarette case
  • unknown A:shiwi (Zuñi) maker
  • cigarette case, late 1800s–1963
  • Where object was made: New Mexico, United States
  • sterling silver, jet, coral, shell, turquoise
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 x 7 x 3.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 3 7/8 x 2 3/4 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1481

The small, rectangular lidded silver box is decorated with a figure, possibly identified as the rain priest katsina. It is a human figure wearing a mask of shell and jet, with feathers of shell, coral, and turquoise. His attire is shell, with small jet triangles. His shoes are turquoise and coral. He is holding a bow in his left hand and a fan in his right. The box has small bun feet.