Maneki Neko

      This is the legend of the Maneki Neko.  In the 17th century, there was a rundown and poverty-stricken temple in Tokyo.  The temple's priest was very poor but he shared whatever food he had with his pet cat, Tama.  One day, a wealthy and important man was caught in a storm while hunting and he took refuge under a big tree near the temple.  While he waited for the storm to pass, he noticed a cat beckoning him to come inside the temple gate.  This was so startling that he left the shelter of the tree to have a closer look at this unusual cat.  At that moment, the tree was struck by lightening.  As a result, the wealthy man became friends with the poor priest, and the temple became prosperous.  The priest and his cat never went hungry again.

     In Japan cats have been considered wise and lucky spirits.  Beckoning cats or welcome cats are believed to bring good luck and fortune to their owners. In the design of the sculptures, a raised left paw supposedly attracts money, while a raised right paw protects it.



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Ornament White Beckoning Cat-S

Ornament White Beckoning Cat-S

1-1/2" length by 1-1/2" width by 2-1/8" height.
$6.00

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Ornament Black Cat-SAFETY

Ornament Black Cat-SAFETY

Black maneki neko symbolizes protection from evil and safety in the home. Packed in individual cello sleeve with bell. Ideal as a quick gift....
$6.50

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Ornament Blue Cat-LONGEVITY

Ornament Blue Cat-LONGEVITY

Blue maneki neko symbolizes health and longevity. Packed in individual cello sleeve with bell. Ideal as a quick gift. Dimensions:  2-1/2"...
$6.50

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Ornament Gold Cat-PROSPERITY

Ornament Gold Cat-PROSPERITY

Gold maneki neko symbolizes extreme money and success. Packed in individual cello sleeve with bell. Ideal as a quick gift. Dimensions:  2-1/2"...
$6.50

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Ornament Green Cat-ACADEMICS

Ornament Green Cat-ACADEMICS

Green maneki neko symbolizes success in passing exams, so it is a very popular color among students. Packed in individual cello sleeve with bell....
$6.50

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Ornament Peach Cat-LOVE

Ornament Peach Cat-LOVE

Peach maneki neko symbolizes successful relationships and love. Packed in individual cello sleeve with bell. Ideal as a quick gift. Dimensions: ...
$6.50

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Ornament Red Cat-HEALTH

Ornament Red Cat-HEALTH

Red maneki neko symbolizes good health. Packed in individual cello sleeve with bell. Ideal as a quick gift. Dimensions:  2-1/2" diameter by...
$6.50

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Ornament Silver Cat-WISHES

Ornament Silver Cat-WISHES

Silver maneki neko symbolizes all wishes will come true. Packed in individual cello sleeve with bell. Ideal as a quick gift. Dimensions:  2-1/2"...
$6.50

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Ornament White Cat-HAPPINESS

Ornament White Cat-HAPPINESS

White maneki neko symbolizes the bringing of happiness. Packed in individual cello sleeve with bell. Ideal as a quick gift. Dimensions:  2-1/2"...
$6.50

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Ornament Yellow Cat-WEALTH

Ornament Yellow Cat-WEALTH

Yellow maneki neko symbolizes the coming wealth. Packed in individual cello sleeve with bell. Ideal as a quick gift. Dimensions:  2-1/2"...
$6.50

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