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Rare Antique Japanese Slumbering Cat Copper Metal Sculpture Embossed Flowers 3" For Sale

Rare Antique Japanese Slumbering Cat Copper Metal Sculpture Embossed Flowers 3
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Rare Antique Japanese Slumbering Cat Copper Metal Sculpture Embossed Flowers 3":
$129.99

This listing is for an exquisite copper "Nemuri Neko" (slumbering cat) sculpture with embossed floral designs and antique silver finish. It is hollow cast and almost certainly hand-carved. We know the material is copper due to the oxidation inside (see photos of bottom) and also areas on the front bottom where the dark silver finish has worn away. It smells of copper and does not respond to a neodymium magnet. To me, the piece has a dark charcoal gray appearance.
I believe this is from Japan and have only ever seen one other like it, listed at a place called Edith's Gallery. I corresponded with Ruth, who said their piece had already sold but she thinks it was a silver / alloy material.
The Nemuri-Neko cat sculpture is a beautiful and collectible piece, perfect for any cat lover or antique collector. Its unique design and intricate patterns make it a true work of art, originating from Japan. This one-of-a-kind item is sure to stand out in any collection.
Measurements: 3" long, 1.5" tall, 1.5" deep, and weighs 4 ounces.
Condition: As shown in photos, this is an antique item with a wonderful patina showing its age. No cracks or damage noted; please view all photos.
PLEASE READ MY SELLING POLICIES:-All listings are for the item(s) described in the written description and shown in the photos.-Display stands, rulers, scales, and other tools for display/measurement are NOT included unless stated.-Measurements are in English standard units, i.e. inches, ounces, and pounds. Length measured with a Wescott wooden ruler. Weight measured with a Pelouze model 10100 scale.-Please consider the written description, photos, and Condition field part of item condition.-I do my best to accurately determine age, provenance, origin, materials, etc. from inspecting the item, image search/comparison, reference books, and online resources, but I am not an expert appraiser.-Please review all photos, read the description, and send me any questions you have BEFORE offerding.-Payment is expected in full according to sale/ terms.-Shipping is via USPS. I pack all items carefully using recycled/reused boxes and padding because I love the planet.-response is always deeply appreciated. Thank you!
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