Maneki Neko means "Beckoning Cat", also known in English as 'Lucky Cat' or 'Welcome Cat'. It is a common Japanese paper maché figurine that depicts a cat beckoning in good luck with an upright paw. It is often displayed at the entrance of shops and restaurants.
Westerners beckon with their hands palm up but Asians beckon with palms down. As far as the Maneki Neko is concerned they say that the higher the beckoning hand is held, the more luck it gathers, from farther away.
It is made from sumi ink and water based pigment brushed on to 3 carved blocks: black, red and pink.
The print comes mounted in 8 x 10 conservation mat.Paper size: app. 4 x 6 inches
Image size: app. 2 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches
Paper: Japanese handmade Kozo (mulberry bark)
Mat: Bainbridge Alphamat 8462 Wheat 8 x 10"
Packaged flat, hard backed, acid free crystal bag
Technique and zodiac animal descriptions included in package