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I previously featured this beautiful handcrafted flying cat, along with some others like her. Doesn’t she look just like a tortie? The cats are hand carved and painted by Balinese artisans.
The story behind these magical winged cats is wonderful. The myth of these Winged Spirit Guardians goes back to ancient Majapahit Mythology in the 13th through 16th century. These guardian figures have deep cultural and spiritual significance. Often found as flying angels in animal or hybrid form, they are used to protect temples or homes from harm and drive away evil spirits.
The cats are available in three different sizes and styles. This one is the smallest of the cats, measuring about 6 inches in length with about a six inch wingspan.
I bought the slightly larger 8 inch one (shown on the right in the image below) and then ordered the smaller one, thinking I wanted a second one. While I found the perfect spot for the larger one, the smaller one just doesn’t seem to want to fit in anywhere, so I would like to give it to one lucky reader.
And if you’re wondering why the striped cat doesn’t have a tail, Debra Ramon, who owns Acadia World Traders, told me that many cats in Bali are Bobtail cats, which is probably why the carver left the tail off.
Enter to win a Handcarved Flying Tortie
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The Winged Guardian Cats are available from Etsy.
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