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Chinese Buddha Statues

Historians believe that Buddhism first spread to China as early as the first century A.D. via missionaries from India. The Buddhist philosophy, which promoted morality and inner reflection, was eventually adopted into Chinese culture. Since then, many variations of Buddha or bodhisattvas have been carved out of stone or cast out of bronze.

Buddhism underwent various changes throughout history, resulting in greatly varying forms of representation. Some Buddhas are depicted with round plump stomachs and others are more slender with either heavy or thin garments. The slender forms with thin garments were derived from Indian tradition, while the others are more frequently Chinese deviances.

Each variation of the Buddhas have different significances. The plumper Buddha statues, known as "Laughing Buddhas," represent contentment and having plenty; they are well fed and happy. Rubbing this type of Buddha’s large stomach brings wealth, good luck, and prosperity. The thinner Buddhas, wearing sparse clothing due to humble living, more closely represent the Buddhist representations brought from India.


Quick Facts

  • A reclining Buddha is a portrayal of Buddha just prior to entering Nirvana
  • Elongated earlobes are symbols of an enlightened state. This is a remnant from an ancient Indian tradition of wearing large cylinders in the earlobes
  • The Laughing Buddha is based off of a Zen monk with a jolly nature. This Buddha is named Hotai, and is depicted as instilling happiness within all those he visits

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A Chinese Jade "Buddha's Hand Fruit".
Dec 06, 6:00 PM AWST
A Chinese Jade "Buddha's Hand Fruit".
by McKenzies Auctioneers
Est: AUD500- AUD1,000
AUD6004 Bids
BRONZE FIGURE OF BUDDHA 佛像
Dec 04, 1:00 PM CST
BRONZE FIGURE OF BUDDHA 佛像
by Treasure Art
Est: NT$0- NT$0
NT$5,0002 Bids
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DEUX STATUETTES DE BODHISATTVA EN BOIS LAQUÉ OR Chine, début du XXe siècle
Dec 06, 2:00 PM CET
DEUX STATUETTES DE BODHISATTVA EN BOIS LAQUÉ OR Chine, début du XXe siècle
by Artcurial
Est: €600- €800
€7002 Bids
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CHINESE PALE CELADON JADE CARVING OF A BUDDHA'S HAND FRUIT Length 3.5".
Dec 07, 9:30 AM EST
CHINESE PALE CELADON JADE CARVING OF A BUDDHA'S HAND FRUIT Length 3.5".
by Eldred's
Est: $200- $300
$1002 Bids
Chinese Carved Jade Buddha Sculpture
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
Chinese Carved Jade Buddha Sculpture
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Chinese Ivory Carved Happy Buddha Figure
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Chinese Ivory Carved Happy Buddha Figure
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $150- $300
$602 Bids
A CHINESE BRONZE-GILT BUDDHA STATUE
Jan 02, 9:00 AM EST
A CHINESE BRONZE-GILT BUDDHA STATUE
by Roswell Auctions
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$1,0001 Bid
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CHINESE TANG DYNASTY STONE SEATED BODHISATTVA
Dec 11, 12:00 PM GMT
CHINESE TANG DYNASTY STONE SEATED BODHISATTVA
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £1,500- £3,000
£1,0001 Bid
A GILT BRONZE FIGURE OF BUDDHA STATUE
Jan 03, 9:00 AM EST
A GILT BRONZE FIGURE OF BUDDHA STATUE
by Roswell Auctions
Est: $3,500- $4,500
$1,0001 Bid
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南北朝-隋朝 Chinese Bodhisattva carved stone head, 6th century AD.
Dec 04, 11:00 AM EST
南北朝-隋朝 Chinese Bodhisattva carved stone head, 6th century AD.
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $10,000- $50,000
$2,5001 Bid
Vintage Bronze Reclining Buddha Sculpture
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Bronze Reclining Buddha Sculpture
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$11 Bid
A NEPAL STYLE GILT BRONZE FIGURE OF BUDDHA STANDING STATUE
Jan 02, 9:00 AM EST
A NEPAL STYLE GILT BRONZE FIGURE OF BUDDHA STANDING STATUE
by Roswell Auctions
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$1,0001 Bid
A Chinese gilt bronze figure of Buddha, Ming style,
Dec 07, 10:00 AM GMT
A Chinese gilt bronze figure of Buddha, Ming style,
by Cheffins
Est: £150- £250
£1201 Bid
WEI HONGTAI ZUGESCHRIEBEN, EINE BLAU-WEISSE SITZENDE FIGUR VON BUDAI
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CET
WEI HONGTAI ZUGESCHRIEBEN, EINE BLAU-WEISSE SITZENDE FIGUR VON BUDAI
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €500- €1,000
€5001 Bid
Vintage Chinese Brass Sitting Buddha Figure
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Chinese Brass Sitting Buddha Figure
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Boddhissatwa à trois têtes tenant un bouddha enfant sur son genou gauche
Dec 06, 2:00 PM CET
Boddhissatwa à trois têtes tenant un bouddha enfant sur son genou gauche
by Dogny Auction
Est: CHF1,200- CHF1,500
CHF1,2001 Bid
A PARTIALLY CLOISONNE’ ENAMELED METAL BUDDHA
Dec 16, 11:00 AM CET
A PARTIALLY CLOISONNE’ ENAMELED METAL BUDDHA
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €600- €700
€4001 Bid
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TIBETAN GILT BRONZE BUDDHA STATUE
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
TIBETAN GILT BRONZE BUDDHA STATUE
by Empire Auction House
Est: $800- $1,000
$5001 Bid
A Chinese jadeite ring carved with lotus flowers, 3 in. (7.62 cm.) (The Buddha.)
Dec 14, 9:00 PM PST
A Chinese jadeite ring carved with lotus flowers, 3 in. (7.62 cm.) (The Buddha.)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $100- $150
$701 Bid
A Chinese Carved Timber Lacquerware Reclining Buddha
Dec 08, 2:00 PM AEDT
A Chinese Carved Timber Lacquerware Reclining Buddha
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD201 Bid
Ceramic Buddha Ceramic Deity Statue
Dec 04, 10:00 AM MST
Ceramic Buddha Ceramic Deity Statue
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
A GILT COPPER REPOUSSÉ PLAQUE OF VISHNU, 16TH-17TH CENTURY
Dec 10, 11:00 AM CET
A GILT COPPER REPOUSSÉ PLAQUE OF VISHNU, 16TH-17TH CENTURY
by Galerie Zacke
Est: €750- €1,500
€7001 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Buddha Statues


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Merces Gallery LLC