Stoneware Maneki-neko

Maneki-neko Daruma Koban | Tokoname Storeware Maneki


Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 3-1/2”h x 3-1/2”w x 4-0”l 

Being offered is a very unusual hand-formed Maneki-neko, (beckoning or Inviting cat) which is a common Japanese talisman which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner. The figure has a wonderful expressive face and unusual detail. Its’ left paw raised in a Japanese beckoning gesture. The paw indicates the expansive reach of the cat’s lucky magic. The cat has a textile collar from which an inscribed amulet is hanging with a character which means luck or prosperity. Below that amulet is a three-dimensional relief of Daruma which is a common religious folklore representing strength and perseverance, and represents the two best Japanese lucky symbols together. The piece is made with Tokoname stoneware, which has a unique, earth-like texture and common to a Bizen-like finish. The figure has a paper cover on the bottom with a seal of the maker.

Condition: Excellent “as is” original condition without chips or dings.