Thomas Chadwick is a Bristol based Artist creating totally fun and very affordable Earrings, Necklaces and Brooches using hand drawn stencils that he scans, prints onto a polymer material, bakes to shrink, paints and then, voila!, finished with sterling silver plated posts.
This Fortune Cat, or Maneki Neko, is a lucky charm that’s very popular in Japanese and Chinese cultures. It’s a talisman that is believed to attract good luck and fortune for its owners.
Few interesting things on Lucky Cats...
First appeared in the Edo period in Japan (17th Century)
It's also known as "beckoning Cat"
There are different colours that mean different things with Lucky Cats, the white version we have here is specific to Happiness, Purity, and Positive things to come! Yay!
There are a couple of popular legends about the origins of the Lucky Cat. The first tells of a wealthy man who took shelter from a rainstorm under a tree next to a temple. He noticed a cat that seemed to be beckoning to him, so he followed it inside the temple. Shortly thereafter, lightning struck the tree he had been standing under. Because the cat had saved his life, the man was so grateful, he became a benefactor of the temple and brought it much prosperity. When he passed away, a statue of the cat was made in is honor.
Another common legend is a really peculiar one. A geisha had a pet cat that she adored. One day, it was tugging at her kimono and the owner of the brothel thought the cat was possessed, so he sliced off its head with a sword. (Yaowzah!) The flying cat head landed on a snake about to strike and the fangs killed the snake and saved the woman. The geisha was so distraught by the loss of her cat that one of her customers made a statue of the cat to cheer her up.