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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. Statue measures 10 inches tall and weighs 5 pounds.
Handmade, minor variations and imperfections enhance individual character of each piece.