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This exceptional Kutani Maneki Neko (Beckoning Cat) evokes imagery of the legend's beginning.In a very poor 16th Century temple lived a priest with his cat. Despite little to eat, the priest always shared what he could with the cat.One night during a terrible storm, a wealthy traveler took shelter under a large tree in front of the temple. As he waited for the storm to end, he noticed in the doorway to the temple, a cat waving or beckoning for him to enter. The traveler picked up his belongings and entered the temple as a bolt of lightning struck and split the tree he had just vacated. His good fortune was attributed to the beckoning cat.The traveler and the priest became good friends and the temple flourished from the traveler's generosity. To this day, Maneki Neko beckon travelers and guests into many homes and businesses in Japan. This example dates to the Meji period. 11 inches

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Kutani Cat, Japan, Meiji

Estimate $2,000 - $3,000Jan 16, 2018