Clay and pigments
Edo period, 19th century
Maneki-neko, known as “welcoming cat”, is a common type of Japanese sculpture often made of porcelain or clay which is believed to bring good luck to the owner. The sculpture depicts a cat beckoning with an upleft paw, and is usually displayed – often at the entrance – in shops, restaurants and other businesses. It is said that it will bring good fourtune if its right paw is raised and draw people if its left paw is raised.