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Maneki Neko: Japan's Beckoning Cats From Talisman to Pop Icon
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Friday, February 22, 2013 - Sunday, August 4, 2013
time varies
$25 Family (Up to 2 adults and 4 children und
Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004-5014
Since the Edo period (1603 - 1868) a fabricated cat with a paw upraised in the Japanese gesture of beckoning has been considered a good luck charm, drawing good fortune to individuals and businesses. This exhibition highlights a unique selection of more than 150 cats collected by maneki neko aficionado Billie Moffitt, as well as interpretations of this tradition by renowned contemporary artists. Whether carved in wood or stone, sculpted in clay or formed in papier mch, these alluring and enigmatically artful felines express aspects both of historic Japanese lore and contemporary pop culture.