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Maneki-Neko clay cat (120)

Maneki-neko, cat
Clay and pigments
Edo period, 17th-18th century
Ishikawa prefecture
H.: 41 cm – W.: 19 cm

Maneki-neko, known as “welcoming cat”, is a common type of Japanese sculpture, often made of porcelain or clay, which is believed to bring good luck to the owner. The sculpture depicts a cat beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed – often at the entrance – in shops, restaurants and other businesses. It is said that it will bring good luck if its right paw is raised and draw people if its left paw is raised.

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