Signed 15" Oriental Buddha Figurine - Enameled Traveling Laughing Buddha
This is the traveling buddha and he is holding a yellow bag and carries a fan in his left hand. Also has a string of blacks beads around his neck. The Hotei (which means cloth bag) is the a deity of contentment and abundance. The image of Hotei is almost always seen carrying a cloth or linen sack (that which never empties) which is filled with many precious items, including rice plants (indicating wealth), candy for children, food, or the woes of the world. He is patron of the weak, poor and children. His pot belly represents happiness, good luck and wealth. The traveling Buddha wanders around and takes the sadness away from people.
According to legend, if one rubs the Laughing Buddha's great belly, it brings forth wealth, good luck, and prosperity. Hotei is also referred to as the patron saint of restaurateurs, fortunetellers and bartenders.
The buddha is 15 high tall, the base is 7 l/2 inches by 6 l/2 inches. No chips, cracks or repairs.
I date this buddha from the early 1900 up until the mid 1950. Please see makers mark.
Item ID: T266
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