The Walters Art Museum

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Laughing Buddha on Nugget Figurine

Also known as Budai (Chinese) or Hotei (Japanese), the "Laughing Buddha" is translated to "cloth sack," for the bag he's often depicted carrying. A symbol of happiness and contentment, he can be depicted in multiple postures, each with their own significance. In this joyfully detailed figurine, the standing posture brings riches and happiness. His money bag and gold ingots raised in his hands to give to others signify abundant riches and good luck. Made of a long-lasting, painted resin, Budai measures 12 1/4 inches tall.