Here's a lovely, well carved little Hotei or Happy Buddha made of goldstone, which is glass infused with particles of copper. He measures 2 1/8 inches tall, 2 3/4 inches wide, and 1 1/2 inches deep. He's a little taller of course on the included carved stand. Goldstone was rumored to have been formulated by an alchemist, trying to create gold from other materials (sorry, medieval guys, gold is an element, you can't create it.) The Hotei is said to have lived about a thousand years ago. He wandered from village to village, his few possessions in a cloth sack. He was said to be portly, content and jovial. Children were attracted to him; he would entertain them with stories as they clambered about. The townspeople were said to always welcome him, as he was said to be able to predict the weather and tell fortunes. As he became part of the Japanese Buddhist pantheon, and subsequently the Chinese, he has come to be known over the centuries as a source of luck and prosperity. Indeed the world over, wherever a Hotei Buddha is displayed, people of all cultures rub his belly for luck! This Happy Buddha is a lovely addition to any collection.
An Older Goldstone Hotei Buddha on Carved Stand
$54 $68 SALE