This well carved and large bamboo figure depicts Budai, the laughing or sometimes also referred to as fat Buddha. Budai is holding on to his treasure bag with one hand and in the other he holds a gold ingot. Furthermore, he is accompanied by a youthful disciple that holds a bat. Both, the lucky god and the little boy are chubby, have fat earlobes and a joyous facial expression. A very nice detail are the natural knotholes in the material which are enhancing the statue’s expressive appearance even further.
Shape: Figural shape
Dimensions: 26.5 cm (height)
Weight: 893 grams
Condition: excellent condition with very few age cracks to backside and tiny notches to bottom rim
Provenance: American private collection