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$ 300

Lucky Cat

  • holly oak drive, Palo Alto, CA
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One black and one white ceramic beckoning lucky cats This black ceramic, beckoning Lucky Cat stands 13 inches tall X 9inches wide, and is probably from the mid-20th century, around 1960. These larger cats were often given to new stores or businesses to celebrate a grand opening, in order to draw in customers and cash. They are usually banks, and were often given with money put into the bank to insure a good start to business! This black lucky cat has seen decades of business, perseverance, and luck! He is hand-painted, and the gold bell he wears on his "collar" says "Fuku-Ju", which means "Good Fortune" and "Long Life". (The kanji character for "Ju" is also the same kanji character used in the "Su" of "Sushi".) This lucky cat has a wise and serene composure, having seen almost everything there is to see. $350 for the black cat, black is rare and hard to find --------------------------------------------- Large White Ceramic Lucky Cat with Plum Blossoms This large, white ceramic, beckoning Lucky Cat stands 13 inches tall X 9 inches wide, and is from the late 20th-century, around 1970. These larger cats were often given to new stores or businesses to celebrate a grand opening, in order to draw in customers and cash. They are usually banks, and were often given with money put into the bank to insure a good start to business! This white lucky cat has seen decades of good business and perseverance! She is hand-painted, and the gold bell she wears on her collar says "Fuku" for "Good Fortune", and the gold coin she carries says "Sen Man Ryo", meaning "a million pieces of gold". White cat $300 Both sale for $600 vintage beckoning Lucky Cats. "Beckoning Cats" (Maneki Neko) are becoming harder and harder to find in Japan. A Lucky Cat at home is believed to beckon in good luck and good fortune, always two good things to have in one's home! There are many stories about why beckoning cats (cats with their paws up) are lucky. MANEKI NEKO THE STORY OF THE BECKONING CAT The folk tale that accompanies the cat goes something like this: There was once an old and lonely man who owned a small shop. The man had no family and consequently relied solely on his shop for income. At the time business was very bad and the old man was running out of food and had no money to buy more. The day came that he cooked his last bowl of rice. Just as he sat to eat his last meal a small and hungry kitten came to him and rubbed against his leg mewing and purring pleadingly. After a time the old man thought that while he had nothing left to live for, the cat was still young and had a full life ahead of it, and so he gave the last of his food to the little cat. The next day the old man awoke and as he made preparations to die there came a steady stream of customers through his doors. At the end of a very busy day, the old man, wondering at this turn of events, searched for the cause and found the small cat sitting upright by his front door, beckoning to all who passed by. If you walk into any store anywhere in Japan the chances are excellent that you will see somewhere this traditional Beckoning Cat. Actually, no store worth its salt would ever consider doing business without one of these lucky mascots, since they are believed to call in cash and customers. People also keep them in their homes to beckon in plain old generic good luck! If you still reading, you are interested. I have owned them for more than 15 years now and I am ready to part them with a new owner! Please leave a phone number when inquiry.

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