Maneki-Neko literally means beckoning cat. In Japan Maneki Neko is a common lucky charm, talisman which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner.
Maneki-Neko come in different colors, styles and degrees of ornateness. Common colors are white, black, gold and sometimes red. Some consider white to be for good luck generally, black for good health and to lure away evil spirits, and gold for monetary good fortune.
This Maneki Neko is colored black for good health. The Japanese character on the gold nugget means love.