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Japanese Good Luck Cat, Meneki Neko

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Maneki Neko Good Luck Beckoning Cat Statue (Meiji Era, late 19th Century)
Japanese culture has a long tradition of creating engi mono, sculptures which bring luck to their owner. The most famous being the maneki neko or beckoning cat, which has been enticing customers at the entrances to ships and restaurants for centuries. The cat beckons the Japanese way by moving its fingers up and down, palm forward.

Several historic tales relate that an important person was saved from an ambush by a beckoning cat. The cats bring luck and wisdom. During the Meiji Era (1868-1912) the beckoning cat became exceptionally popular due to the government's ban on sexually explicit talismans in an attempt to make society appear more Western. The maneki nako proved to be a charming alternative.

In Japan's complex system of beliefs and superstitions, the meaning of the raised left or right paw depends on the time and place. Customers are usually beckoned with the left paw and the raised right paw brings luck and prosperity. Sometimes the left paw is also reserved for drinking establishments because drinks have to be held in the lift hand.

The Red Collar is a stylized representation of the wreathes of red flowers the cats of rich families wore around their necks during the Edo Period (1603-1868). Reproduction is part of the highly collectible museum statue collection by Parastone Mouseion 3D. Made from resin, description card included, hand painted, and measures 3.5"H x 2"W x 2.5"D.

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3.5"H x 2"W x 2.5"D


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