This realistically modeled napping cat is called in Japan a "nemuri neko" (sleeping cat). It is related to the nemuri neko (beckoning cat) and represents peace and harmony. The most famous nemuri neko is immortalized by the master woodcarver Hidari Jingorō at the Tōshō-gū Shrine in Nikko, Japan. Of excellent china, this serenely sleeping feline is painted in the Kutani style, lavishly decorated in gold; its markings meticulously brush stroked to represent fur and gilt also adorns the red bow and bells tied around this pampered pussycat's neck. At 9 inches long and 3.5 inches high, this is an extra-large version. There are no marks. This content kitty is in excellent condition, with no breaks or repairs, and only the most minimal wear to the gilt highlights.
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