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Maneki neko

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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.

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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 shops 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.

Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Dimensions:
Height: 10cm

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