Featured Asian soapstone - anything?

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  1. terry5732

    terry5732 Well-Known Member

    soap 001.JPG soap 002.JPG soap 003.JPG soap 004.JPG soap 005.JPG soap 006.JPG
    The damaged places show at least a few decades of filth build up.
     
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  2. desperate_fun

    desperate_fun Irregular Member

    He looks a lot like me on a Friday night. On my recliner with my Duvet.
     
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  3. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    reclining Buddha.......very nice...
     
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  4. moreotherstuff

    moreotherstuff Izorizent

    Looks much better carved than most that we see here.
     
  5. bercrystal

    bercrystal Well-Known Member

    @Any Jewelry - Buddha is calling you. Perhaps he wants you to peel him a grape. ;):D:D :hilarious::hilarious:
     
  6. moreotherstuff

    moreotherstuff Izorizent

    How big is it?
     
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  7. terry5732

    terry5732 Well-Known Member

    About five inches the long way
     
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  8. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    He is very nicely carved, Terry, beautiful detail.
    He'd have to ask someone else, I'm not a Buddhist.;) But I don't think he is either. At least not a Buddha, with that 5 o'clock shadow. Although he does have long earlobes. Maybe it is Bodhidharma, Pu Tai Ta Mo in China, the founder of Chan Buddhism. Chan became Zen in Japan, where he is called Daruma.
     
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  9. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Zen vee should ask sumbody else !! :hilarious::hilarious:

    Terry...that's a sublime face of contentment !!!
    What's the dark piece on the back of his collar......inlay ?...initials ???
     
  10. terry5732

    terry5732 Well-Known Member

    It looked like a patch of a bad spot in the stone
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    or maybe it's a plug that conceals the gold
     
  11. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    pry it loose....and see !!! :wideyed:
     
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  12. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    Looks a bit like a Japanese Hotei Buddha.
     
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  13. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    Reminds me of that slimy guy from Star Wars. ;)
     
  14. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

  15. i need help

    i need help Well-Known Member

    50866FF2-F9CE-4E26-B69A-6328DB47C96B.jpeg I wonder if it was once colored.
     
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  16. terry5732

    terry5732 Well-Known Member

    Is it plausible that there was a name chipped out there?
     
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  17. bercrystal

    bercrystal Well-Known Member

    Could he be Hotei?
     
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  18. terry5732

    terry5732 Well-Known Member

    521 error website down
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    Lot 128
    A CHINESE SOAPSTONE CARVING OF A RECUMBENT BUDAI
    17TH/18TH CENTURY
    Price realised

    GBP 8,750

    Estimate

    GBP 1,500 - GBP 2,000
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    A CHINESE SOAPSTONE CARVING OF A RECUMBENT BUDAI
    17TH/18TH CENTURY
    The figure smiles on his sleep, lying on his large florally incised sack
    2¾ in. (7 cm.) wide, fitted wood stand

    Provenance

    The Montague Meyer Collection; Christie's London, 24 April 1980.
     
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  19. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    One can hope.....
    anywhere you can take it to get it looked over by a museum...or gallery expert?
     
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  20. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Could be, and the one in the link Terry posted is called Budai, which is the Chinese name for Hotei, which is Japanese. Hotei is often confused with Buddha, but he was a monk. Hoteis are even called big-bellied Buddhas, but there is no such thing, the Buddha was an ascetic.
    When I still had an Asian Antiques shop someone used to come in every week asking if I had any big-bellied Buddhas.:banghead: The whole confusion has made me a bit allergic to Hotei figurines. This one is an absolute gem, though.
     
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