A Chinese Carved Wood Figure of Budai, signed, nineteenth century
LOT NUMBER 33
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LOT NUMBER 33
A Chinese Carved Wood Figure of Budai, signed, nineteenth centuryA Chinese carved wood figure of Budai shown lying on a lotus leaf. He is depicted in a typically corpulent pose as a stout, smiling man in robes with a largely bare belly, which represents happiness, good luck, and plenty. In his left hand he holds a stylised object which is probably intended to represent the 'sack of plenty' which he is seen with so often and in his right hand is a round ball either representing a pearl (symbolising health and beauty) or a gold nugget (symbolising financial happiness). There is detailed carving to his robes and the lotus leaf is lightly incised with foliage underneath. In addition there is a small signature plaque with indistinct characters. The size and form suggests that this is a 'handling' figure intended for devotional purposes and the style of decoration indicates a circa date in the nineteenth century.
|Size:||20 x 10 x 8 cm|
|Condition:||Excellent condition with just on small chip to the top of sack like object held in the left hand (see Image 2)|