Japanese Bronze Okimono
Happy Buddha Maitreya
Japan. Circa: Showa, early 1900's
H.10.5 in.(27cm.), W.7.5 in. (23cm.),
: missing fan,
very figure of prosperous and abundance, Hotei (Chinese: Mi Li), the happy Buddha,
with his attributes of staff and sack, wandering the countryside, dispensing riches
and caring for children. The work exemplifying Meiji aesthetics and balance of
elements, contrasting areas of massive volume with details and angular edges that
embellish and punctuate the circular forms.
Known as the Laughing Buddha. Here the corpulent face of Hotei offers an affable
smile. Tied to his upraised staff, his full sack is as large as his belly. This
bronze figure is finished with a tinted copper with aged natural patina. The presence
of Hotei in a home is an ancient promise of abundance and well-being.
Sold To Private Collection