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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.

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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.

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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

For up to 5 ways to enter, see the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is open to readers in the United States only. This giveaway ends Thursday, December 17. Winners will be chosen by random drawing.**

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The Winged Guardian Cats are available from Etsy.

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52 Comments on Giveaway: Handcarved Flying Tortie Cat

  1. I would hang it in my living room, but my daughter would be jealous so it would more than likely get to go in her room!

  2. I would hang mine in the living room on a special decorator hanger so he could protect the whole room! It’s the favorite room on both the humans and the kitties so it would be perfect!

  3. I would hang it in my vehicle to keep us safe while driving! I love my cats and having the extra reminder of our fuuurrrr babies close would be soothing during a 45-minute drive to and from work daily!

    • I love the story of the winged cat protectors. I would hang this where everyone could see her by a hook near my window.

  4. For each of my wonderful cats lost over the years I have placed an “angel cat” on my tree. My best cat ever, Dudley, doesn’t have an angel on the tree yet but this flying puss would be perfect for him.

  5. I would love this to put on my Tree in memory of my Tortie I called her my flying cat because
    Of her Zoomies every night before bed, happy memory

  6. I would hang this beautiful kitty in my new apartment to protect all my hopes for a new life after returning to my home state after years away.

  7. How lovely of you to share with your subscribers. What a cheerful flying kitty. The cat reminds me of my tortie, Ren. Happy Holidays and stay safe.

  8. Actually I would give it to Safe Haven for Cats for their Christmas Tree. I have over $500 of things in my car now to deliver to them, food, toys, 5 bags of litter, huge litter box by Tidy Cats, etc.

  9. I also thought I would hang this beautiful winged angel from my ceiling fan. Not only to protect my family from harm and drive away evil spirits, but also to admire it floating and fluttering in the air.

  10. I would hang it on the fan pull by my reading chair. That way, I could smile at this gorgeous Tortie and watch her fly in the breeze!

  11. I have a tortie that is dear to my heart. She’s as sweet as can be but takes no nonsense from her fur brothers. Love this carved reminder of all that she is.

    • I would definitely hang this beautiful piece somewhere I could see it everyday. Possibly in the living room by the door as it is supposed to guard our home from evil!

  12. I hang some favorite ornaments off the bottom of a shelf in the bedroom so I can see them every day, not just Christmas. I would put this beauty there with the others.

  13. “Let me know where you would hand this tortie if you win.” I would give this as a gift to some friends to hang in their house.

  14. I had a tortillas. We rescued her out of a gutter on a rainy nite. She has passed on now; we kept her and she was just the sweetest ever. If I was picked to win the flying kitty I would hang her where I would see her all the time. Beautiful artwork. Thanks for sharing all you do, I know memories are special and meaningful, yet hard. I have had to say goodbye close to 30 times in my life to my beloved fur babies and am without right now, and this time of year just really hard, and I know for a lot of people. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Hi Ingrid..I would love to win the flying cat and I very much enjoyed reading Ruby’s First Christmas Tree..I’m sorry Ingrid, for the sad, melancholy feeling, that I know you are feeling, with Covid, missing Ruby, and the Christmas season approaching.. I’m always happy to see Ruby’s sweet face on your posts..Blessings to you and Allegra..

    • Hello!
      I would love to attach your beautiful flying tortie kitty to the chain that dangles right below my ceiling fan.
      That way, when the fan is on, kitty would catch the downdraft and fly happily, just as she was intended to do!
      – Chris Pometta

  16. These are lovely! I love the legend behind them too. I have been a proud Mom to two tortie angels and currently a Siamese Tortie. How thoughtful of you to giveaway the smaller one.

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