Here is a whimsical Native American Zuni handcrafted Sterling Silver Inlaid Character pin pendant combination, featuring Mickey Mouse. Mickey measures 2 inches long and weighs 5.9 grams. Inlaid with Pink Mussel Shell, Melon Shell, Turquoise, Black Jet & Coral. Hallmarked on the back by the artist with an engraver.
Brand new and in perfect condition. Gift box and Certificate of Authenticity included with your purchase.
Andrea Lonjose Shirley lives in Zuni, New Mexico and is known for her Mickey Mouse character jewlery. Her work can be found on display in fine public and private collections throughout the southwest and it is often seen in Zuni jewelry collecting guides.
Veronica Poblano as well as Mary Ann Poncho were some of the first Zuni artists to use Disney figures in their jewelry in the 1970's. They both gained a following and a reputation for the popular little figures. Andrea Lonjose Shirley is best known for her use of the Disney characters today. As far as I know, they were not commissioned by Disney .. In fact, I read that in the 1970's, the Zuni tribe was issued an injunction by Disney for them to cease all production of this line of Mickey Mouse Jewelry.. I don't know what became of that injunction, because they are producing the jewelry today..