Seattle-based artist Diem Chau (previously featured here) shared her most recent creation, an awesomely tiny Maneki Neko and tower of coins carved from crayons. The tiny fortune cat is part of an exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum entitled Maneki Neko: Japan’s Beckoning Cats – From Talisman to Pop Icon:

“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 mâché, these alluring and enigmatically artful felines express aspects both of historic Japanese lore and contemporary pop culture.”

Seattle-based artist Diem Chau (previously featured here) shared her most recent creation, an awesomely tiny Maneki Neko and tower of coins carved from crayons. The tiny fortune cat is part of an exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum entitled Maneki Neko: Japan’s Beckoning Cats – From Talisman to Pop Icon:

“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 mâché, these alluring and enigmatically artful felines express aspects both of historic Japanese lore and contemporary pop culture.”