A photo of a white porcelain statue of former Donald Trump sitting cross-legged like the Buddha is trending online. The photo is actually of a statue that was carved out by a Chinese entrepreneurial furniture-maker and was later listed on the Chinese e-commerce platform Taobao.
The smaller size, which measures 1.6 metres tall is being sold for 999 Chinese Yuan or $150. While the bigger size is being sold for 3,999 yuan or $610.
China’s state-owned Global Times first reported on the product and spoke to the owner of the statue who is promoting the product with the slogan, “Make Your Company Great Again’”, a wordplay on Trump’s election slogan “Make America Great Again”.
On the e-commerce site, the product description of Trump’s Buddha statue says, “Trump Buddha knows Buddhism better than anyone”, and promises that putting him in your office will “make your company great again”.
“Most people just bought it for fun,” the seller said, adding that they only made 100 of the statues and have already sold dozens.
One buyer told the daily tabloid that he bought one of the statues after seeing the product in a WeChat moment. “I bought it for fun and put it on my desk at home as a decoration,” he said.