Buddhist monk Budai


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Budai, a tenth-century monk, was known for his laughing face and round stomach. Named after the cloth sack (budai) that he carries under his arm, he is believed to be the incarnation of Maitreya, the future Buddha, who helps common people in the mortal world.

The porcelain of the Dehua kilns in Fujian Province is characterized by its thick, lustrous, clear glaze and white paste. It is generally referred to in Western writings as blanc de chine or “China white.”

Buddhist monk Budai, Porcelain with ivory glaze (Dehua ware), China

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