figure (ritual & belief: representations)

Soapstone figure of Budai Heshang, cloth sack monk, also popularly known as the Laughing Buddha, regarded as an incarnation of Maitreya, the Future Buddha, in Chinese Buddhism. He is depicted seated in a royal ease position, Rajalilasana, with right leg pendant and left leg folded horizontally, both hands rest on knees. The figure is plump with bald head, elongated earlobes and smiling face and wearing a robe which exposes a fat belly. Carved soapstone with an integral ovoid support.

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