The Laughing Buddha emerged from Chinese folktales of the 10th century. The original stories centered on a monk named Ch'i-t'zu who was an eccentric but much-loved character who worked small, charitable wonders. The tales of Ch'i-t'zu soon spread throughout China, and he came to be called Pu-tai which means "hempen sack." Of course, any Feng Shui practitioner would be well acquainted with this smiling character since he is a popular symbol of happiness, generosity and luck and his presence is said to impart wealth and abundance on any home or office.
Any depiction of the Laughing Buddha is heavy on symbolism. For example, many theories abound about why he is shown with elongated earlobes with the most pervasive being that the earlobes reflect that the Buddha is all-hearing and has ears big enough to listen to all of our tales of suffering. His name, Pu-tai, refers to the omnipresent hempen sack containing precious gifts. At the same time, he also uses the sack to dispose of people’s problems. The Laughing Buddha usually clutches a set of prayer beads which represent “a never-ending meditation practice, even when engaged in worldly activities”. His ample stomach, which is rubbed for good-luck, is prominently exposed to reflect “abundance” as well his ability to stomach all of the world’s problems and transform them into happiness.
The artists at Herend have made the Laughing Buddha their own by incorporating new layers of symbolism. By painting him in the rich, highly ornate Jiangxi pattern, they have created one more reference to abundance. The Jiangxi pattern also features a recurring lotus motif which is very prominent in Buddhism. The lotus flower represents the Buddha mind because, “though growing in mire, it puts forth beautiful, immaculate flowers”. Presented in a limited edition of 250, the Laughing Buddha stands 14” tall and comes in a luxury case. Limited Edition Size 250. (5.25"L X 14"H)
Item #: JIANGX05668-0-00
Sterling Silver Bird, Looking Straight Ahead
Handmade in Italy with techniques used since the 17th century, including remarkably realistic feathering and gold vermeil beaks. Each has multiple feather styles for wings, tail and body.
Measures 3" w x 2" h
18k White Gold Square Crystal Bracelet with Blue Topaz & Diamonds
A divine bracelet unrivaled in its purity and majesty. The bracelet consists of seven carved cabochon crystals, as well as sky blue topaz and 0.84 carats of brilliant diamonds, all set in 18k white gold. Measures 7 3⁄8" long. Handmade in America.
Cabinets, Bookcases & Chests
Four Drawer Mahogany Serpentine Chest
A luxurious mahogany chest with a serpentine front and four dovetailed drawers. Handcrafted of fine mahogany with a rich, clean finish. Antiqued drawer pulls are solid brass. Handmade in England exclusively for Scully & Scully.
Measures 18"w x 14"d x 29"h.
Home Decor Accessories
Fabric-Covered Wastebasket with Blue Dragon
Exceptionally pretty yet highly practical with fabric and braid trim over wipe-clean plastic. Made in America.
Measures &frac914;” diameter x 12” h.
Crystal & Glassware
Flatware & Serving Pieces
Baccarat Heritage Check Bowl
This large clear crystal bowl with bold, graphic cuts is typical of the modernist style of the Art Deco period. The fine horizontal bevel cuts richly embellish and enrich the bowl by multiplying light reflections. Handmade mouth-blown crystal from France.