Tenth century Chinese folktales tell of a jolly monk, Qieci, also known as Pu-tai. As with all such stories, the legend grew with the telling, transforming a jovial monk into a benevolent figure representing happiness and generosity. He is seen as a protector of children and often pictured with a sack of treats to distribute. Statues of Pu-tai, the Laughing Buddha, abound in China, and some choose to rub the jolly Buddha’s belly for good luck, although this isn’t a Buddhist teaching.
- Recommended Age: 5+
- Size in cm: 20.25 W x 25.5 H
- Size in inches: 7.97 W x 10.04 H
- UPC: 095866000431