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Vintage Zuni mosaic style inlay in a Disney-inspired Hiawatha ring

$ 1,400
  • Description
    4 3/4 ring size; circa 2” long

    green turquoise, spandela shell (spiny oyster), mother-of-pearl, onyx, yellow clam shell

    very minor wear on one of Hiawatha’s pant legs which appears to be very stable

    ex: Private Collection

    According to Wikipedia, Little Hiawatha (also called Hiawatha) is “a 1937 animated cartoon produced by Walt Disney Productions, inspired by the poem The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. This Disney cartoon figure does not appear to have historical correlation to legendary Mohawk leader and peacemaker Hiawatha. It is the last Silly Symphonies short to be released by United Artists.[1]”Hiawatha is generally regarded as a heroic little boy who saves the lives of animals in the forest.

    These Zuni-made rings of Disney cartoon characters are quite rare and the skill of the Zuni lapidaries is apparent. The rings in this collection are not signed and they are earlier than the ones that are generally in the marketplace.

    I have erred on the side of caution in dating them to the 1960s-1970s but the argument can be made that they were made earlier.


  • More Information
    In the Style of: Disney Studios
    Period: 1950-1999
    Creation Date: 1960's-1970's
    Gemstones: Onyx, Turquoise
    Styles / Movements: Other, American Indian
    Incollect Reference #: 562228
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