Budai, China, porcelain with underglaze blue decoration

Budai

China

Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Wanli period (1573 - 1619)

Budai was an eccentric Buddhist priest who lived in southeast China during the early tenth century. His name Budai literally means “cloth bag” and refers to the sack he always carried with all his wordly possessions inside. Within Chinese folklore he is looked upon as a symbol of good luck.