This attractive Meiji period Japanese old Imari Kutani sleeping cat in fine porcelain is inspired by the small wooden sculpture at the entrance of Toshougu shrine in Nikko, Japan, by the acclaimed sculpture artist and architect Hidari Jingoro. The wooden sculpture is recognized as a national treasure. It is called nemuri neko , meaning sleeping cat or peaceful cat, representing a kind of peace that allows a cat to have an ease of mind to sleep with its guards off. This sleeping cat in pure white is decorated with patterns in gold and has a scarf around her neck in red with blue polka dots, and the light blue reverse side showing, with a bell attached. Measures approximately 10" x 7".