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Bolo tie

Native American (Zuni Pueblo)
Jonathan Beyuka (Puebloan (Zuni), born in 1953)


Overall: 101.6cm (40in.) Other (Figure): 1.6 x 14.9 x 10.8cm (5/8 x 5 7/8 x 4 1/4in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver, jet, turquoise, pipestone, leather, mosaic pieces in shades of orange (Spiny Oyster; Thorny Oyster Family; Spondylidae, Spondylus americanus), mosaic pieces in iridescent shades of white to white-gold (Mother-of-pearl; Oyster Family; Ostreidae), brown feather in headband (Pen Shell; Pinnidae Family)

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry


Jewelry / Adornment

The bolo neck rope is of braided black leather with ring and feather pendants on the ends. The bolo portion represents a hoop dancer made of stone and shell inlay mounted on silver. Turquoise, argillite (pipestone), and shell of various colors are cut and fitted together to form the body and costume of the dancer. The hoops are silver rings that are fastened to the dancer in order to allow for movement.

Material Details:
Mosaic pieces in shades of orange are Spiny Oyster (Thorny Oyster Family Spondylidae, Spondylus americanus)
Mosaic pieces in iridescent shades of white to white-gold are Mother-of-Pearl (Oyster Family Ostreidae)
Brown feather in headband is pen shell (Pinnidae family)


Engraved in script on reverse: J. Beyuka / Zuni, N. M.


David Saity, New York City dealer of Native American Indian jewelry, purchased in Southwest. Giiven to the Museum in 1999.

Credit Line

Gift of Chaya and David Saity