Wooden Happy Buddha
The Buddha named “Hotei” is best know as the Happy Buddha. In China, he is know as the loving or friendly one. He is based on a Chinese wondering monk who lived over 1000 years ago and became a fundamental part of Buddhist and Shinto culture. The Hotei Buddha is almost always depicted carrying a cloth or linen sack which never empties, and is filled with precious items such as a rice plant which is symbolic of wealth, and candy for children. He is a patron of the weak, poor and all those in need.
Hand-crafted in Kathmandu, Nepal