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maneki neko (cat that brings money) on pillow
  • Japan
  • maneki neko (cat that brings money) on pillow, late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • ceramic, paint, cloth, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: a) 7.5 x 4 x 3.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: a) 2 15/16 x 1 9/16 x 1 3/8 in
    Object Length/Width: b) 10 x 8 cm
    Object Length/Width: b) 3 15/16 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of William A. Scott
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0159.a,b

This white ceramic cat (2007.0159.a), identified as maneki neko, is seated with its proper left front paw raised in a beckoning gesture. It wears a red collar with a gold bell, has a black stripe on its head, yellow eyes, and black spots on the body. The figure sits on a red cloth pillow (2007.0159.b).