0.500 x 1.250 x 0.500 inches
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Puss In Boots Animini Necklace
Jewelry - Polymer Clay, Acrylic Paint, Sterling Silver, Seed Beads, Glaze
Puss in Boots raises his right paw in the forward Japanese beckoning gesture and has been coated in three layers of pretty glossy protective glaze for durability and longevity. He also comes with a black 18-inch 2mm PVC cord with a sterling silver clasp and a velour gift bag upon adoption. These collectible animal pals are about the size of a US quarter. You will receive the design described, but not necessarily the exact item pictured. 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 with details added with a straight pin.
Match Your Pet Animinis can be customized to match your pet's distinctive spots and patches. The Animinis pictured are only a sample.
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.
"Master Cat; or, The Booted Cat" (early French: Le Maître Chat, ou Le Chat Botté), commonly known as "Puss in Boots", is a French literary fairy tale about a cat who uses trickery and deceit to gain power, wealth, and the hand of a princess in marriage for his penniless and low-born master. The tale was written at the close of the seventeenth century by Charles Perrault (1628–1703), a retired civil servant and member of the Académie française. The tale appeared in a handwritten and illustrated manuscript two years before its 1697 publication by Barbin in a collection of eight fairy tales by Perrault called Histoires ou contes du temps passé. The book was an instant success and remains popular.
Perrault's Histoires has had considerable impact on world culture. The original French title was "Histoires ou contes du temps passé or Les Contes de ma Mère l'Oye (Stories or Fairy Tales from Past Times with Morals or "Mother Goose Tales"... "The frontispiece to the earliest English editions depicts an old woman telling tales to a group of children beneath a placard inscribed "MOTHER GOOSE'S TALES" and is credited with launching the Mother Goose legend in the English-speaking world. "Puss in Boots" has provided inspiration for composers, choreographers, and other artists over the centuries.
Ludwig Tieck published a dramatic satire based on the tale, called Der gestiefelte Kater, and, in 1812, the Grimm brothers inserted a version of the tale into their Kinder- und Hausmärchen. In ballet, Puss appears in the third act of Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty in a pas de caractère with The White Cat. In film and television, Walt Disney produced an animated black and white silent short based on the tale in 1922. It was also adapted into a manga by the famous Japanese writer and director Hayao Miyazaki in 1969, and in the mid 1980s, Puss in Boots was televised as an episode of Faerie Tale Theatre with Ben Vereen and Gregory Hines in the cast. Another version from the Cannon Movie Tales series features Christopher Walken as Puss, who in this adaptation is a cat who turns into a human when wearing the boots. Dreamworks Animation released the animated feature Puss in Boots, with Antonio Banderas reprising his voice-over role from the "Shrek" films, on October 28, 2011. This new film's story bears no similarities to the book.
(Primary source: Wikipedia)
November 30th, 2012
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