Laughing monks usually make us smile, but this robust chap, made of volcanic ash and cement, especially swayed us with his cheery countenance and chubby hands and feet. Day or night he loves to have his tummy rubbed for good luck. We notice we rarely pout or fret in his presence. That alone wins him our gratitude and affection.
One of the Seven Gods of Luck, Hotei is often called the “Laughing Buddha”,and is known as the god of Contentment and Happiness. Hotei is depicted as carrying a cloth bag, which is filled with treasures, food, and drink that he uses to provide for the poor and downtrodden. This bag has no end and can never empty of supplies. It is said that Hotei is based on a person, likely a monk, who actually once lived.
|Dimensions||4"L x 8"W x 8.25"H, 15.10 lbs.|