A Chinese figure of Budai, Kangxi (1662-1722).

The smiling Bodhisattva, which is 14.6cm in height, is depicted seated, draped in loose robes which leave his chest and corpulent abdomen exposed. He holds a single pearl in his left hand, perhaps representing the Buddhist ‘wish granting jewel’. The body has been press-moulded in two vertical sections, to which the separately modelled hands have been luted. The figure appears in the 1688 Burghley Inventory: “My Ladyes Dressing Roome, 1 Ball’d fryer sitting”. European collectors of the 17th and 18th Centuries seem to have been particularly fond of Budai figures.


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