This jovial Burmese Jade carving depicts Hotei, one of the Japanese Seven Lucky Gods (though his origins are actually in Chinese folklore). He is the god of good luck, health, and abundance, and his happy temperament and uproarious laughter are said to be contagious. Hotei is often referred to as the Laughing Buddha, and many believe that rubbing his belly brings good fortune and luck. Given his lighthearted and jolly demeanor, he's often referred to as a guardian of children and, conversely, a patron of bartenders. As Jadeite Jade is a stone of good luck itself, this rare Hotei carving is twice as full of auspicious energy.
At Sage Crystals, we hand-select every item to ensure that our gemstones are of the highest grade and quality. Each piece that passes through our hands is charged to the brim with healing Reiki Energy.
This carving measures 4.25"x4".
Confucius has said that Jade, above all other stones, represented the Virtues that made a person truly good. In the Book of Rites, he wrote:
"Anciently, superior men found the likeness of all excellent qualities in jade.
Soft smooth and glossy, it appeared to them like benevolence.
Fine, compact, and strong—like intelligence.
Angular, but not sharp and cutting—like righteousness.
Hanging down (in beads) as if it would fall to the ground like (the humility of) propriety.
When struck, yielding a note, clear and prolonged, yet terminating abruptly—like music.
Its flaws not concealing its beauty, nor its beauty concealing its flaws—like loyalty.
With an internal radiance issuing from it on every side—like good faith.
Bright as a brilliant rainbow—like heaven.
Exquisite and mysterious, appearing in the hills and streams—like the earth.
Standing out conspicuous in the symbols of rank—like virtue.
Esteemed by all under the sky—like the path of truth and duty."