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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 heavy gilt Chinese seated buddha (H:15.5cm)
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Jun 28, 11:00 AM PDT
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A Chinese Brass Sensor of Buddha
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A Gilt Bronze Figure of Buddha
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Lg Chinese Gilt Bronze Buddha
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Chinese Stone Carved Buddha Hand
Jun 29, 11:00 AM PDT
Chinese Stone Carved Buddha Hand
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Est: $50- $100
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Jun 29, 12:00 PM EDT
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Rare Chinese Gilt Bronze Buddha
Jun 29, 11:00 AM PDT
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A LARGE WHITE MARBLE SCULPTURE WITH BUDDHA AND ATTENDANTS
Jun 27, 11:00 AM CEST
A LARGE WHITE MARBLE SCULPTURE WITH BUDDHA AND ATTENDANTS
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Est: €4,000- €5,000
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Special Chinese Gilt Bronze Buddha
Jun 29, 11:00 AM PDT
Special Chinese Gilt Bronze Buddha
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $200- $400
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A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF GARWA NAGPO DAMCHEN, TIBET, 17TH-18TH CENTURY
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Jun 30, 12:00 PM EDT
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by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
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Jul 06, 9:00 AM EDT
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by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $600- $800
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Chinese Gilt Bronze Buddha
Jun 28, 11:00 AM PDT
Chinese Gilt Bronze Buddha
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $300- $500
$1251 Bid
A CORAL AND TURQUOISE-INLAID BRONZE FIGURE OF INDRA, NEPAL, 19TH CENTURY
Jun 28, 11:00 AM CEST
A CORAL AND TURQUOISE-INLAID BRONZE FIGURE OF INDRA, NEPAL, 19TH CENTURY
by Galerie Zacke
Est: €500- €1,000
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Rare Chinese Gilt Bronze Buddha
Jun 29, 11:00 AM PDT
Rare Chinese Gilt Bronze Buddha
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
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A carved and painted statue depicting the seated Buddha. 57 in. (144.8 cm.) h.
Jun 26, 9:00 AM PDT
A carved and painted statue depicting the seated Buddha. 57 in. (144.8 cm.) h.
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