Chinese Kuang Hsu period porcelain figure of the god of plenty, Budai, ca. 1875. Figure is depicted wearing a multi-colored robe with a bald head. The multi-colored robe is a variety of reds, greens, blues, and white. The figure is barefoot. Makers mark present on the bottom.
Budai, a tenth century monk, is the god of Happiness and plenty in Taoism and Buddhism. Budai is almost always shown as a stout, smiling or laughing mad in robes with a largely bare belly, which represents happiness, good luck, and plenty. He is often nicknamed "the laughing Buddha"
18 cm x 26 cm x 25 cm
Mike Mansfield Collection, Mss 65, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana.
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
Image credit: Mark Fritch, University of Montana
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