In Chinese folklore, Budai is a deity whose name means "cloth sack" and is associated with contentment and abundance. Budai (Hotei in Japanese folklore) was based on an eccentric Chan monk who lived in the 10th century. It is believed that rubbing his belly brought wealth, good luck, and prosperity. In the west, Budai is mistaken for the Gautama Buddha and referred to as the "fat Buddha" or more popularly "laughing Buddha." My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.
Wet clay model