The Laughing Buddha is an
unusual form of the Buddha as there is no iconographical prescription
available in the scriptures. However, the Laughing Buddha is very popular in
Japan, especially among the children.
He is shown here seated in the posture of Maharajalila. His right hand,
placed on the right knee, is holding a crystal rosary. He has flat face and
eyes and mouth are open, and laughing loudly
as revealed from his expression. He is wearing monastic garments. The scarf
covers both the shoulders leaving the breast and abdomen bare. The lower
garment covers the body upto the feet. There are five jolly children who
playing with the body of the Buddha. The hair style on
the top of the heads of the children reminds one the hairdressing style of
Samurai (a warrior class of Japan).
1. Mainly based on the discussion with a senior researcher, working on
Japanese Buddhist art.
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