Chinese Carved Boxwood Figure Hotai Budai Buddha 壽老 Hardwood Stand Antique
Chinese carved Boxwood figure on a stand, of the laughing Buddha, also known as Budai or Hotai. We believe him to be Buddha because of his rather capacious abdomen! A lovely antique that it dates from the late 19th century in the Qing dynasty 清代 .
He is very well carved with the folds of his robes and his waist belt being of particular note. He is standing upon a stained black wooden base carved to simulate rocks with some Lingzhi fungus to the front. There is a slight possibility that this figure is that of Shòu lǎo , 壽老 the Chinese god of longevity, as he has a long beard and appears to have two peaches hanging at his waist on his right hand side.
The figurine is 10 inches high the base is 4 inches by 3 inches. It weighs 444g unpacked. It is in good order there are some marks to the body one on his stomach and his right hand has been broken at the palm and re-glued. The staff is most probably a replacement as the original would also have been on hardwood and may have had his sack hanging from it. Please see the photos.
This is a very attractive item to add to any collection of Chinese art, Buddhas, treen, figurines or mythylogical figures.