Here's a nicely made, older Buddha figure, circa 1940-1970, on a solid wood stand. He has details associated with the better made porcelain Buddhas like detailed teeth, tongue, ear holes and nostrils! He has both transfer work and hand painted details on his body. He is clutching golden beads. He's quite content on his perch! Wear associated with age, no damage, chips, cracks or crazing. A really great oldie! The Buddha alone measures 9 1/2 inches tall 7 inches wide and 4 1/2 inches deep. On stand he is over 11 1/2 inches tall! 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!
A Big Well Made Older Porcelain Hotei Buddha on Stand