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Tokoname Ware Lucky Cat Ornament - 17 cm - Left Hand / 常滑焼き 招き猫

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Invite prosperity, happiness, and a steady stream of customers into your life or business with this charming Maneki Neko (Beckoning Cat) figurine. This traditional good-luck charm, also known as the "beckoning cat," has been cherished in Japan for centuries for its ability to bring good fortune and success.

History of Maneki Neko: The domesticated cat, as we know it today, first arrived in Japan during the Nara period (710-794). These cats were brought on ships to protect valuable Buddhist scriptures and books from rats. By the Heian period (794-1185), domesticated cats had become familiar companions, as referenced in classical Japanese literature like The Pillow Book and The Tale of Genji.

Significance of the Left Hand Raised: This particular Maneki Neko features its left hand raised, a traditional gesture meant to invite people in. Often placed in restaurants, service businesses, and shops, this pose symbolizes a warm welcome to many customers and guests.

Tokoname Pottery Tradition: This Maneki Neko is crafted in Tokoname, Japan, a region with a rich history of pottery-making. Tokoname is one of Japan’s Six Ancient Kilns, known for producing high-quality ceramics for over a thousand years. The area’s pottery tradition dates back to the Heian period and is renowned for its skilled artisans and distinctive red clay. Tokoname pottery is celebrated for its durability and aesthetic appeal, making it a significant contributor to Japan’s cultural heritage.

As the whole piece is handmade in Japan, slight irregularities in size, glaze, colour and texture might occur and reflect the nature of the artisan product.

■What's included? One (1) Cat Ornament in a packaging box

■ Made In Japan

■ Size: 9 cm x 9 cm x 17 cm height

■ Material: Pottery

🎁 Comes with a box. Great as a gift!