Handmade Lucky/Welcoming Cat Purple and White Earrings OE049
Attract good luck when you wear these sweet and whimisical lucky cat/welcoming cat earrings! The cats are made of hand painted porcelain and I've added artisan lampwork rose beads, Swavorksi crystal bicones to make them even prettier. They are 2-1/2" long and hang from 925 sterling silver french hook ear wires.
About the Lucky/Weldoming Cat:
The Maneki Neko (????, literally "Beckoning Cat"; also known as Welcoming Cat, Lucky Cat, Money cat, or Fortune Cat; sometimes incorrectly labeled Chinese Lucky Cat) is a common Japanese sculpture, often made of ceramic, which is believed to bring good luck to the owner.
The sculpture depicts a cat (traditionally a calico Japanese Bobtail) beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed--many times at the entrance--in shops, restaurants, pachinko parlors, and other businesses. Some of the sculptures are electric or battery-powered and have a slow-moving paw beckoning. In the design of the sculptures, a raised left paw supposedly attracts money, while a raised right paw protects it.
While it is believed that Maneki Neko first appeared during the later part of the Edo period (1603-1867) in Japan the earliest documentary evidence comes from the 1870s, during Japan's Meiji Era. It is mentioned in a newspaper article in 1876 and there is evidence kimono-clad Maneki Neko were distributed at a shrine in Osaka during this time. An ad from 1902 advertising Maneki Neko indicates that by the turn of the century they were popular.
Beyond that, the exact origins of Maneki Neko are uncertain.
A frequent attribution to several Japanese emperors, as well as to Oda Nobunaga and samurai Ii Naotaka, is that one day the luminary passed by a cat, which seemed to wave to him. Taking the cat's motion as a sign, the unknown nobleman paused and went to it. Diverted from his journey, he realized that he had avoided a trap that had been laid for him just ahead. Since that time, cats have been considered wise and lucky spirits. Many Japanese shrines and homes include the figurine of a cat with one paw upraised as if waving--hence the origin of Maneki Neko, often referred to as Kami Neko in reference to the cat's kami or spirit.
Others have noted the similarities between the Maneki Neko's gesture and that of a cat washing its face. There is a Japanese belief that a cat washing its face means a visitor will soon arrive. This belief may in turn be related to an even older Chinese proverb that states that if a cat washes its face, it will rain. Thus it is possible a belief arose that a figure of a cat washing its face would bring in customers.
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These are really nice !!!! Happy New Year to you too !
Such a perfect bracelet!!! And the seller is wonderful to work with....very friendly.. Prompt shipping. Thank you!! This was my first experience on Artfire!
Love the bracelet and great communications with seller. Shipped immediately. Made in the USA!