Hand carved suar wood Hotei from Indonesia. Hotei is also commonly referred to as “fat Buddha” “happy Buddha” or “laughing Buddha” due to his size and demeanor. It is believed that rubbing his belly will bring luck and prosperity.
Hotei, in Japanese mythology, one of the Shichi-fuku-jin. This popular figure is depicted frequently in contemporary crafts as a cheerful, contented Buddhist monk with a large exposed belly, often accompanied by children.
Dimensions 3.5″ × 7.5″ × 6″
**The botanical name for Suar wood is Saman Samanea. Also called Monkey Pod or Rain Tree in some countries. These trees are easy recognized by their umbrella canopy.
The tree usually reaches heights of 50 – 80 feet. It is NOT endangered, and fast growing tropical hardwood with crisscrossed interlocking grains. Which makes it not too heavy but extremely strong. People loves this wood because of its great resistant to decay and dry-wood termites.