Althea Holden, who works at Gallery Inferno in New Orleans, has created her own line of glass Maneki Neko Cats. Althea, who holds a master’s in Fine Arts from Tulane University created these cats which have a long history in Japanese culture. MANEKI NEKO (literally “beckoning cat”) is one of the most common lucky charms in Japan, designed to attract business and promote prosperity. Found frequently in shop windows, the Maneki Neko sits with its paw raised and bent, beckoning customers to enter. There are countless superstitions about cats in Japan (as there are in many other nations), assigning it either good or bad powers, benevelent or malevolent attributes. Some Japanese believe that when a cat washes its face and paws in the genkan (parlor), company’s coming. This belief may be a “Japanized” version of the 9th-century Chinese proverb: “If a cat washes its face and ears, it will rain.” This may sound far fetched, but many other nations hold equally curious beliefs in the soothsayer magic and socery of the feline. To learn more about this “Lucky” cat go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maneki_Neko.
The Cats are priced at $20 for the small and $40 for the large. You can order by contacting Althea at 206-920-0779.