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Deluxe Hand Painted Black Maneki Neko Lucky Beckoning Cat Necklace
Jewelry - Polymer Clay And Sterling Silver
This hand-painted black calico kitty has a long tail, seed bead nose and eyes and a red collar with a sterling silver bell. He is painted in a traditional Japanese calico pattern signifying protection from evil.
He raises his right paw in the forward Japanese beckoning gesture and has been coated in two layers of pretty glossy protective glaze for durability and longevity. He also comes with an eye-catching cherry red 18-inch 2mm PVC cord with a sterling silver clasp and a velour gift bag upon adoption.
Six millimeter silver-plated magnetic clasps, longer pvc cords or 24-inch "dog tag" base metal ball chains are also available at no extra charge for recipients who have trouble manipulating traditional necklace clasps.
**There are many stories about the origin of the Lucky Maneki Neko figurine, but here is my favorite**
A wealthy feudal lord was taking shelter under a tree near Gotoku-ji temple during a thunderstorm. The lord saw the temple priest's cat beckoning to him and followed; a moment later the tree was struck by lightning. The wealthy man became friends with the poor priest and the temple became prosperous. When the cat died, supposedly the first Maneki Neko was made in his honor.
The Maneki Neko comes in a wide variety of traditional colors and styles, each representing a different lucky subject. Calicos are for general luck, Red and Pink for love and romance, Black for protection from evil, Gold for prosperity and White for a positive future.
The Beckoning Cat, also known as Welcoming Cat, Lucky Cat, Money cat or Fortune Cat, is most often depicted as a Japanese Bobtail cat, a cat with a tail somewhat like a rabbit's. They also come with long tails, right or left paws raised, both paws raised, and with the paw facing backwards for Western audiences.
** ABOUT ANIMINIS**
Animini collectible animal pals are about the size of a US quarter. They are made of durable chip- and shatter-resistant polymer clay and are coated in two or more layers of glossy glaze, keeping their colors bright and giving them the appearance of a china figurine. I don't use molds so every Animini in a series has his or her own personality; they are individually sculpted and painted by hand and details are added with a straight pin.
Due to differences in monitor color displays and because each pendant is individually sculpted, the actual necklace may appear slightly different than the one pictured.
February 4th, 2012
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