This Maneki Neko Russian doll set consists of five different Maneki Nekos, each with a distinct face, decorative bib, and gold coin. Carved out of wood, these Maneki Neko Russian dolls are then painted and finally glazed with a glossy finish. Cut out and sized so that the five different Maneki Nekos can fit into one another just as Russian dolls do, this Maneki Neko Russian doll set is a charming addition for any Maneki Neko collector.
Maneki Nekos, also known as the lucky beckoning cat, is a Japanese lucky symbol
. Said to have been in existence since the Edo period in Japan, today's Maneki Neko has become very popular in Asia. The collar, bell, and decorative bell that are worn by Maneki Nekos also have a rich history. These decorations are said to be based on the way cats were decorated in wealthy families in the Edo period. Today's Maneki Nekos still wear the traditional decorative accessories and they sometimes carry auspicious gold coins.
In the cute Maneki Neko Russian doll set, the two largest Maneki Nekos carry the gold coins inscribed with the Kanji words that read-a hundred million ryo. Ryo is the traditional Japanese currency. The other two coins have the kanji word "Fuku" that means blessings. The smallest wooden globe also wears the word "fuku".
Colored with red, green, yellow, and gold paint, this Maneki Neko set has the look and coloring of traditional Maneki Nekos. With its classic look, this Maneki Neko set makes a wonderful gift for anyone who enjoys collecting Maneki Neko or Russian dolls. Packaged in a pretty paper box with brown maple leaves, this Maneki Neko Russian doll set will make a wonderful gift for all ages.
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