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0.500 x 1.000 x 0.500 inches
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Safety Collar With Hand-sculpted Cat Charm In Hot Pink
Jewelry - Polymer Clay
Pink Maneki Neko figurines traditionally signify luck in love in Japan, so this safety collar and charm make a perfect gift for those special people who have opened their home to rescued shelter cats.
This hot pink lucky Maneki Neko has a sturdy steel loop, seed bead nose and eyes, and a pink collar of his own with a sterling silver bell. He has been coated in thick polyurethane and glaze for durability and ease of cleaning and comes with a matching hot pink and black herringbone cat safety collar. THIS ITEM IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR DOGS.
Collar adjusts from 8 to 12 inches and has a breakaway fastener, red bell and reflective paw-prints.
This item arrives fully assembled in a cloth gift bag.
Animini 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 and details are added with a straight pin.
Polymer clay is non-toxic and durable with normal use, but will not stand up to a pet's chewing so is not intended for dogs or mixed-species households. The collar contains plastic and is not recommended if your cat has experienced contact dermatitis from plastic food bowls.
**About the Lucky Maneki Neko**
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.
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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