figure (ritual & belief: representations)

Nephrite figure of Budai Heshang, cloth sack monk, also popularly known as the Laughing Buddha, and regarded as an incarnation of Maitreya, the Future Buddha, in Chinese Buddhism. He is depicted as a plump figure with bald head, elongated earlobes and a smiling face; wearing a draped robe that exposes the chest and fat belly. He is seated in Rajalilasana, or the royal ease position, in which one leg is bent vertically and the other folded horizontally. His right hand holds a rosary but the left hand is missing.

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