This iconic Walt Disney Mickey Mouse marionette, was carefully cared for and shows little use of play other than his tangled strings and a slight chip on his nose. His head, hands and feet are ceramic, and the holes were to keep the piece from exploding in a kiln when fired. The same goes with the black painted patch on the back of his head.
This is all original to the manufacturer. Mickey was carefully hand painted and the details of the brush are revealed in his eyes and eye brows. Mickey has a fabric body and pants with a wooden frame underneath.
I’m estimating the puppet to be from the mid 1950s Early 60’s.