Laden with positive symbolism, images of the smiling or laughing Buddha have become sought after objects to bring balance, happiness, prosperity, and sometimes even fertility to a household!
Chinese folklore has it that in his wake, a wondering monk brought all things good to those who looked upon him favorably. His image is found in both Chinese and Japanese objects of art (known as Hotei in Japan).
Here Buddha is surrounded by playful children holding a sack in his right hand, which never empties, and is filled with many precious things, including rice plants (symbols of wealth), sweets for children, food, and the sadness of the world. His mission is to be a protector of the weak, the poor and children.
Because of all of these traits, statues like this are very often incorporated into homes practicing the art of feng shui to assure luck, abundance, happiness, success, good health, and practically anything else good you could hope for.
This porcelain figure measures 7" x 6" x 3 1/4" and is in excellent condition. Rub his head or his belly and smile yourself! (how can you help it?)