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The Legend of the Laughing Buddha

by By Lynne Pearson, Curatorial Assistant, East Asian Art


Laughing Buddha, Seven Lucky Gods, Hotei, East Asian Art, Walter and Vanida Davison, Hou-Mei Sung, Enduring Beauty: East Asian Lacquer, Tsuchiya Gado, prints

Earlier this year, longtime donors Walter and Vanida Davison gifted the Art Museum this beautiful 20th century Japanese painting depicting the Buddhist deity Hotei from their family art collection. Who is Hotei?