An unusual Chinese possibly gold mounted jade crouching figure.
Half beast half man, the face that of Hotei, incised with archaic designs and applied with red cabochons, the forelegs and other details applied with thin sheet gilt metal, possibly gold.
God of Contentment & Happiness
Origin = Chinese Taoism / Buddhism
Chinese Name = Bùdài, Budai or Putai
Said to be an incarnation of Miroku Bodhisattva.
Miroku is known in China as Mílè Púsà, Miluo Fo, or Miluo Pusa. Hotei is known in the West as the Fat Buddha or Laughing Buddha. Hotei is one of Japan’s Seven Lucky Gods. Reportedly based on a real person. Commonly depicted bald, smiling, with a big belly, bulging ears, and a large sack and fan in his hands.
Associated Virtue = Magnanimity
19th -20th century
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This is a very unusual piece of a type I have not, to my recollection, encountered before. I purchased it at a UK fine arts auction in the United Kingdom in July 2018. Additreading on Hotei God here -http://www.onmarkproductions.ei.shtm