The history of ceramics in Seto dates back to the Kamakura Period in the 13th century and Kato Toshiro. He supposedly studied the art of porcelain in China and set up production in Seto where the local clay is ideal. Kato Tamikichi in the Edo Period further developed the industry with techniques brought from Arita, another famous kiln town, in Kyushu.
The history of maneki neko in Japan is less certain. They are thought to have become popular in the late Edo and early Meiji periods to attract customers into stores, restaurants, and other businesses.
The left hand raised is supposed to draw in customers, whereas the right hand raised attracts money and good fortune. However, this is not definitive, so you sometimes see lucky cats with both paws raised!
Height: 10 cm; Seto ware