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Zuni Maiden Balancing Her Water Jar

Madeline Beyuka

About The Zuni Maiden Balancing Her Water Jar

Construction of shank and subject maiden's form is accomplished in sterling silver.  A low-dome half-round drawn wire of 1/8" width was used for the simple band attached to the center of the figure's back plate.  Mill-rolled sheet was used for the outline bezel as well as details of the full color inlay.  Jet, coral, turquoise, melon shell and mother of pearl in vibrant hues were meticulously cut, carved and precision fit to create the sweet faced young woman balancing a water jar on her head.

Madeline's exquisite work reflects, with loving care, the nobility, strength and traditional ideals of her culture and Zuni women in particular.

Savvy Price $685.00

Gallery Price $795.00

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Description

Construction of shank and subject maiden's form is accomplished in sterling silver.  A low-dome half-round drawn wire of 1/8" width was used for the simple band attached to the center of the figure's back plate.  Mill-rolled sheet was used for the outline bezel as well as details of the full color inlay.  Jet, coral, turquoise, melon shell and mother of pearl in vibrant hues were meticulously cut, carved and precision fit to create the sweet faced young woman balancing a water jar on her head.

Madeline's exquisite work reflects, with loving care, the nobility, strength and traditional ideals of her culture and Zuni women in particular.

About the Artist Born 1935, former wife of Eddie Beyuka, Madeline stamps her work MB.  This Zuni jeweler is known for her Zuni maidens and eagle dancers.  

She is cited in numerous publications touting American Indian jewelers and favors making bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pendants, pins and rings using silver, turquoise, jet, mother-of-pearl and coral.
Medium Sterling silver, jet, coral, turquoise, melon shell and mother-of-pearl
Troy ounces .37 troy ounces
Size Figures is 2 1/4" height X 1" width X 1/8" depth. Ring size is 6 3/4.
Signed "MB" vertically stacked on back of ring's face
Date of creation 1960's - mid 1970's
Condition Perfect !
Description Zuni women, in all their beauty of soul and dignity, were a favorite subject of Madeline Beyuka. Madeline was the mother of nine (9) children, three of whom became jewelry artists: Jonathan, Filbert and Christine.
Provenance CNC
Gram weight 11.6 grams