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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.
Handmade: skillfully created by artisans using natural materials. Variations in color, size and design are a natural part of handcrafted items that make each piece a unique work of art.