This happy Buddha is a vintage piece. I do not have much information about him, as he is from an estate sale. He measures approx 10.5" tall, 8" wide and 8" deep. Made of some type of resin, hollow but a good solid weight. There is some wear from age, but still much life left!
According to Chinese legend Hotei carried a sack of candy to give to children. He is known to help with good luck and prosperity. He is always represented as very stout, with the breast and upper abdomen exposed to view. His face has a widely grinning or laughing expression, and he is also known as the Laughing Buddha. He stands in the first hall of the Buddhist monastery. Because of his constant good nature, he has become the symbol of philosophical contentment.