Buddha. Monk Milofo/Hotei.
Obsidian celeste eye of exceptional quality.
support in, cedar.
Total height 21cm
Total weight 1,500 kg
Obsidian from Mexico
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Milefo (chin.)/ Hotei (jap.)/ or Budai (chin.) (literally canvas bag), Kalki in Hindi, Miruk in Korean, Maidari in Mongolian, Byams-pa or Chem-pa in Tibetan. also nicknamed Luohan (罗汉, luóhàn, "Arhat"), because he would have reached this stage.
He is one of the best-known historical figures in Europe. It is the monk Qici, monk Ch'an, born in Fenghua in Zhejiang province during the Liang dynasty after the tenth century.
Considered in Mahayana as an incarnation of the Buddha of the future Maitreya.
He is often depicted bald, ears with very long lobes (sign of high spirituality) smiling, with a huge belly, the stomach being the seat of the mind, this protruding belly being uen allegory of his big heart. He holds a mala in his right hand by leaning on a large bag.
His full belly and smile are guarantees of happiness and prosperity, as well as his bag that is claimed to be inexhaustible.
The story is that l took the broken toys of the children to repair them, that's why he can be represented with little ones all around him.
Milefo is said to have died in meditation at yuelin temple, in his province of origin, in 916, pronouncing these words: "This Maitreya is the true Maitreya, he is present in billions of forms; he shows himself constantly, but no one recognizes him. ». it was claimed to have seen him after his death, pious images of him began to circulate.
He is taken up in Taoism as the god of contentment and abundance. Integrated into the Japanese Shinto pantheon as one of the 7 deities of happiness
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