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Maneki Neko - Beckoning Cat

Small Cats
Maneki Neko or Beckoning Cat - Small. Approximately 1.75" tall. Available with right and left paw raised. $7.50 for the pair.
White Pair

White Left paw cats available separately. 3.75.
White Left Paw Only

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Small Cats
Maneki Neko or Beckoning Cat - Small. Approximately 1.75" tall. Available in black with right and left paw raised. $7.50 for the pair.
Black Pair

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Many Japanese business people wouldn't think of having a restaurant, store, bar, etc. without the presence of a beckoning cat ("Maneki Neko", also sometimes called a "Prosperity Cat"). Maneki Neko's always have at least one raised forepaw but otherwise they can take many forms. A white cat wearing a bib and a bell are typical sights in Chinese restaurants in this country. The cat is waving to us, asking us to come into the shop or asking good fortune to visit the establishment.

Maneki Neko date back several centuries. The exact origins of Maneki Neko and the source of its power are explained with many tales. The most prevalent tale involves a poor temple in the woods: A traveler takes shelter under a nearby tree during a storm. A cat appears and beckons the traveler to follow it to avoid the storm in the temple. As soon as the traveler follows the cat, the tree and the spot he had been in are struck by lightning. Because the cat has saved him and brought him to the temple, the traveler and his family become patrons of the temple and bring it fame and wealth. Others believe a similar tale involving a store or inn. There is also a story about a cat saving its owner from a snake--even when beheaded! Another cat loses its head when its owner catches it stealing gold coins. However, we learn that the cat was taking the coins to an ill and destitute fishmonger who had befriended the cat and needed money until its recovery. He is saved by the cat's coins. Therefore, some believe, Maneki Neko should carry coins or have coins dangling from their bibs to ensure wealth. More prosaic origins may be tied to an agricultural belief that cats kept pests away from crops or satinworms and thus aided prosperity of the family. Other sources hint that the raised paw might be a coded phallic symbol because the cats are first found around the time when common but more graphic phallic good luck symbols were banned from inns and gambling houses by western-influenced Japanese governments. There are many variations on the Maneki Neko and you may see the left paw or the right paw raised. Generally speaking, it is believed that the left paw beckons for people (customers) while the right attracts money or good fortune. However, some believe the opposite!

You may want a Beckoning Cat for your office or store to attract customers or in your place of business or house to attract good fortune. Placed near the front door of a store, it is said to attract new patrons. At home, you can put you Maneki Neko anywhere you want to attract good luck.

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Maneki Neko Pewter Earrings
Maneki Neko or Beckoning Cat Earrings in Pewter. Cat is Approximately 3/4 inches high 1/2 inch across. $7.00.
Earrings
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Maneki Neko Pewter Charm
Maneki Neko or Beckoning Cat Charm in Pewter. Cat is Approximately 3/4 inches high 1/2 inch across. $3.50.
Charm

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Maneki Neko Pewter Charm
Maneki Neko or Beckoning Cat Charm in Gold Plated Pewter. Cat is Approximately 3/4 inches high 1/2 inch across. $3.50.
Charm

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Maneki Neko Pewter Earrings
Maneki Neko or Beckoning Cat Earrings in Gold Plated Pewter. Cat is Approximately 3/4 inches high 1/2 inch across. $7.00.
Earrings
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Cat Silver Charm
Sterling Silver Cat Pendant. With cubic zirconia nose and sterling silver bale. Pendant measures about 1/2 inch across and 1/2 inch high. $18.00.
Cat Pendant
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Cat Bank
Maneki Neko or Beckoning Cat - Bank. This ceramic statue is 5.75" tall and 6" across. There is a slot on the back of the head. $12.00.
Beckoning Cat Family OUT OF STOCK

Chain
Sterling Silver Chains. Perfect accessory to all of our Luck Factory charms. In 16, 18 and 20 Inch lengths.
16 Inch , $6.00

18 Inch , $6.25

20 Inch , $6.50

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