Figure of Budai

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, ca. 17th-18th century
H x W x D: 10.5 x 7.3 x 6.1 cm (4 1/8 x 2 7/8 x 2 3/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Figure: deity

China, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911)
Provenance research underway.

This figure, Budai, represents a member of the Buddhist pantheon associated with bringing good wishes and wealth; he is said to be a form of the Buddha of the Future. The main attribute of Budai is that he always carries a bulging sack with him and he is always represented as jovial, plump figure.  Note how the jade worker of this piece maintained the original shape of a waterworn jade pebble and at the same time created a fully formed sculpture from the piece of rock.

Published References
  • et al. Asian Art in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: The Inaugural Gift. Washington, 1987. cat. 769, p. 139.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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