The fat, smiling monk udai is a popular figure in Chinese Buddhism. His character is an accumulation for several Chinese legends. Sculptures of Budai are frequently placed in the entrance halls to temples and monasteries, surrounded by the Good and Bad Boys. These two appear as officials or judges, recorders of a person's good and evil deeds during life, who decide whether to send a person to heaven or hell.
This Budai is glazed in the sancai (three colours) palette developed in the Tang dynasty, and which re-appeared in the Mind. An inscription on the left side dates it to 1486, the twentieth year in the reign of Cheghua. While many large, popular fgures like this were commissioned for religious reasons, the majority of imperial Chenghua ceramics were delicately formed and coloured porcelains.
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