Edward (Eddie) Beyuka
Eddie Beyuka became well known for his mosaic inlay kachinas and dancers that double as standing figures. The three-dimensional components of his pieces, such as full-round miniature drums and baskets make them very distinctive. Beyuka started making jewelry in 1956, working with his wife Madeline for a number of years. Madeline did the inlay and Eddie did the silverwork on their collaborative pieces. After they divorced, Eddie started doing both the silver and stonework on his jewelry. Sons Jonathan and Filbert do work that is very similar in style and subject matter to their father's. Daughter Christine is also a jeweler, but she does not produce kachina figures.
Edward Beyuka (Zuni)
Inlay Figures on Stands (set of 7)
wood stand, silver, coral, turquoise, jet, shell
c. 1976
each 12-12.5 in. high
KMA 89.016.166a-g
Edward Beyuka (Zuni)
Bolo (Eagle Dancer)
Sleeping Beauty turquoise, silver, leather, jet, coral, tortoise shell
n.d.
3.25 in. x 4.6875 in.; 19.25 in. long
KMA 89.016.949
 
Edward Beyuka (Zuni)
Bolo
Silver, coral, turquoise, jet leather
n.d.
2.625 in x 4.25 in. x .25 in. deep; 19.25 in. long
KMA 89.016.948
 
Bolo (Eagle Dancer)
Edward Beyuka (Zuni)
Silver, turquoise, jet, shell, coral, tortoise shell, leather
4.875 in. x 4 in.; 18.5 in. length
KMA 89.016.939
 
Edward Beyuka (Zuni)
Tie bar
Shell, turquoise, silver
n.d.
dimensions not recorded
KMA 89.016.967
 
Links:
www.americanmastersofstone.com
www.galleryofthesouthwest.com

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