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Lucky the Lion-Dance Cat

Lucky the Lion-Dance Cat

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Unlike the Maneki Neko, with Lucky the Lion-Dance Cat, we wanted to incorporate traditional elements from Taiwan, such as the lion dance that is often seen during temple fairs, deity processions, and rituals. Therefore, this time we have created a helmet for the Lucky Cat in the form of a lion's head, presenting the exquisite "Lion Dance Cat." (舞獅)

Lucky holds a golden ingot in its left hand and a prosperity plaque in its right hand, while standing on a large ingot at its feet. This symbolizes the abundance of wealth from all directions, with riches at its feet. The "Lion Dance Lucky Cat" is made of green sandstone, and a custom-made leather cushion with the Chinese character for "prosperity" (發) is included.

Dimensions of Each Figurine:

Height: 3.3-in. (8.6cm)
Width: 2.4-in. (6.1cm)
Depth: 2.1-in. (5.5cm)
Weight: 7.4-oz. (210g)

Quick History of Lion Dance

Lion dance is a captivating traditional form of dance originating from Chinese culture and embraced in various Asian countries. Performers don intricate lion costumes and skillfully imitate the movements of a majestic lion to invoke good fortune and prosperity. This vibrant spectacle is commonly showcased during Chinese New Year festivities, as well as other traditional, cultural, and religious celebrations. It is also a cherished highlight at significant events like business openings, special ceremonies, weddings, or to honor esteemed guests within Chinese communities.

The Chinese lion dance typically involves two dancers working in harmony. One dancer manipulates the lion's expressive head, while the other skillfully brings the lion's hindquarters to life. This dance is distinct from the dragon dance, where multiple participants hold and animate the sinuous body of a dragon using poles. The fundamental movements of the lion dance can be traced back to Chinese martial arts and are often accompanied by an invigorating drumbeat.

There are two primary variations of the Chinese lion dance: the Northern Lion and the Southern Lion. While both are prevalent in China and worldwide, especially across Southeast Asia, the Southern Lion takes precedence due to its prominence among Southern Chinese diaspora communities. Similar adaptations of the lion dance inspired by the Chinese tradition can also be found in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Additionally, diverse forms of lion dance exist beyond the Chinese sphere, such as the Barong dance and Sisingaan dance in Indonesian cultures like Javanese, Sundanese, and Balinese.

The lion dance is a mesmerizing cultural art form that embodies the spirit of Chinese traditions. Its purposeful movements, accompanied by lively music, create an atmosphere of joy, harmony, and blessings for an auspicious occasion.

About Story Leather Inc.:

Story Leather is a Los Angeles, California boutique leather goods brand. We specialize in custom handcrafted made-to-order leather goods. Started in 2012, making leather phone cases for the Apple iPhone, we have expanded our product line from phone cases, iPad cases, wallets, to bags, car key covers, and now figurines! We are diversifying out of just leather, and hence the birth of Story & Crafts. Visit here.

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