The Fat Buddha is seated on a base with diamond like shapes cut on all sides. He is seated with both legs tucked underneath his enormous belly. Both of His hands are clutching his big belly. The Buddhas belly signifies abundance. Not of material wealth but a wealth of happiness and health.
The antique patina of the statue is a mix of red, copper and brown colorations. The Buddha would add happiness to any space, indoors or outside.
Exporting Buddhas from Thailand: As a Thai customs formality, Buddha sculptures are restricted to be exported out of the country. The original law was established to protect Thailand's ancient religious artifacts and antique Buddha images from being stolen and sold illegally. Until recently, this law was not actively enforced on newly made Buddha statues. In 2010, Lotus Sculpture experienced containers being confiscated en route to the USA, thus making importing increasingly difficult and costly. This may lead to an end of importing Thai Buddhist images altogether, which would be a tragedy to all involved; our customers; our business; and especially for the artists who rely on selling Buddhist art to earn a living. It is our view that we are promoting the export of a beautiful art and supplying images for personal religious practice, rather than causing any harm to Thailand or Buddhism.
The lovable fat, happy, laughing Buddha represents the ideals of good health, wealth, happiness, prosperity and longevity. He is known as Budai (Chinese) and Hotai (Japanese). He is lovingly referred to as the Happy Buddha, Laughing Buddha or the Buddha of Wealth. The Laughing Buddha is based on an historical figure of an obese Zen monk who wandered China during the Laing Dynasty. He was known for carrying a sack of candy, which he gave to children on the street. People believed that he was an incarnation of the Maitreya Buddha.
In sculpture the Laughing Buddha is depicted with a large, exposed belly carrying a hemp sack, which is filled with gold, health and happiness. Buddhists do not see wealth as being only material but spiritual wealth as well. Both his belly and the large sack convey this concept of abundance.
The laughing Buddha of Wealth is always depicted in a relaxing posture, exuding happiness to all who are near Him. His smile and jovial nature is infectious, reminding you that there is more to life than just worldly possessions. His large Belly is always bursting out of his robes. Sometimes he wears red colored robes that represent good fortune and blessings.
He usually carries a gold ingot (sycee) or a small hemp sack in his hand. He sits or stands upon a hemp sack of wealth under him. Around his neck, he wears auspicious mala beads as well as a large, round medallion that bring blessings to the surrounding. He sometimes holds a stick known as a wish stick, which he uses to grant people boons. Many people believe that rubbing his belly will grant anyone their wish.
He is often seen surrounded by children or carrying children on his back. Children naturally flock to him, not just because he gives them candy but because his joyous nature is so childlike that they see him as an equal. Some people believe a statue of the laughing Buddha is good to have around newborns as well as those wanting to have children.
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This sculpture is in our Oceanside, California store and ready for immediate packing. Shipping is calculated from Oceanside, California after the purchase. This piece is too heavy to ship via UPS ground and will be shipped using an international freight service. Typically we use TNT Special Services as they give the most competitive rates. Approximately 3 working days are needed to pack the sculpture in its own custom wood crate. If you place your order online shipping will show in the order as $0. Shipping will be calculated based on the weight of the sculpture and the distance from Oceanside, CA to determine the shipping price. The shipping quote will be emailed to you and no charge will be made without your approval. Shipping will then be added to the total after the order is placed. Please call 760-994-4455 or email us email@example.com for a shipping quote.