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The image of the Laughing Buddha is based on a wandering Chinese monk, Budai (Hotei, in Japanese) who lived centuries ago and is believed to be Maitreya, or the Buddha to come. The statue's plump figure and benign countenance suggest contentment, magnanimity and plenitude. Here Budai is depicted with a traveling stick and bag. This symbolizes protection from harm during Journeys.
Due to the variables inherent in the casting process minor imperfections such as visible mold seams or variations in finish may be present.