Story: I purchased this Majestic Maneki Neko Cat from a friend. Her father passed away. She lives in another state and did not want to bring it back with her. I instantly fell in love with its beauty. She said her father always told her and her brothers that it was stolen from a Japanese palace and brought back on a ship to the US during war 11.
A Beckoning Cat similiar to this one was appraised by a San Francisco museum appraiser for a “fair market value” of $11,000. That cat is displayed at the Mingei International Museum, in San Diego, California. It will be featured in a book, written by Alan Scott Pate (author, curator and authority on ningyo).
-" Maneki Neko - Japanese Beckoning Cats - From Talisman to Pop Icon"
His talk on the history and allure for Maneki Neko was held Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 4:30-5:30pm at the Mingei International Museaum. His book on these lovely cats is available at the museum book store.
This was the only other cat that I have found matching the one I have for sale. They are extremely rare (this size and weight) in the United States.
Beckoning cats are also known as, Welcoming Cat, Lucky Cat, Money Cat, or Fortune Cat.
This cat truly is a captive piece of art.
A link to some additional information on these wonderful and amazing pieces of art: http://waiapo.com/orientalcats/index2.html
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