Zuni Maiden Inlay Pin & Pendant by Madeline Beyuka, Zuni Pueblo
by Madeline Beyuka (b. 1935), Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico
sterling silver, multi stone inlays of onyx, pipestone, turquoise, mother of pearl, and coral. The stones for the hair, belt, apron, boots, and cuffs have been hand carved
2.5" long x 1.25" wide
Madeline Beyuka made jewelry from 1954 until the late 1980’s, and is known for her old style Zuni channel inlay work. She learned the craft from her brother-in-law, and worked with her husband Edward Beyuka for a number of years. She and her husband were famous for their dancers & kachina figures. Madeline did the inlay and Eddie did the silverwork on their collaborative pieces. After their divorce, she continued to work the same designs, but she began doing all of the stonework and silverwork herself. The Eagle Dancer, which she and Eddie were known for, has sterling silver highlights representing strands of bells to gain the Great Spirit's attention.