This fashion-colored violet purple kitty has a long tail, seed bead nose and eyes and a turquoise blue kerchief with a sterling silver bell.
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 a black 18-inch 2mm PVC cord with a sterling silver clasp and a velour gift bag upon adoption.
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.
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.