- A 5-foot tall ceramic figurine of Trump as Buddha is being sold on Chinese shopping platform Taobao.
- The listing came with the fetching description: “make your company great again.”
- Among Taobao’s other top-rated Trump-related merchandise is a Trump toilet brush.
If you’ve ever wanted a ceramic statue of former US President Donald Trump as Buddha, now’s your chance.
Chinese online shopping platform Taobao has just the listing for you.
The listing was posted on the site by a furniture maker based in Xiamen, Fujian province with the slogan “make your company great again!”
The ceramic carving portrays Trump with a peaceful expression on his face and both hands resting on his lap, in a pose that bears many similarities to traditional statues of Buddha often found in temples in China.
The listing’s description goes on to describe the figurine as a depiction of “Trump, who knows Buddhism better than anyone.”
This is the latest in Chinese online shopping platform Taobao’s fascinating listings of Trump-related merchandise. Another of the platforms’ top sellers is a Trump toilet brush, that can be purchased in a pack of three for $2.
Chinese media outlet Global Times spoke to the seller, who told them that the idea of making a Trump Buddha statue struck him when he thought about the former US President’s slogan “Make America Great Again,” and how he “often claimed he knew things better than anyone.”
“Most people just bought it for fun,” the seller said, adding that he had made only 100 statues, but had received “dozens” of orders.
The figurine comes in two sizes: a 5-foot tall version priced at $153, and a 14-foot tall statue that will cost buyers $613.
Li Guoqiang, a Beijing man in his late 30s, owns a small construction firm in the Beijing suburbs and is waiting for the smaller-sized statue to be shipped to him from Xiamen.
“I thought it was a really comical thing to have in the office. I can’t say I’m a Trump fan but he looks quite peaceful there, doesn’t he?” Li told Insider.
When asked where he would place the Trump Buddha statue, Li said that he had made room for it along the corridor of his office’s second-floor bathroom.
“Who knows, maybe he’ll really make my company great again,” he said.
Global Times also spoke to a buyer in Shanghai who did not wish to be identified, who said that he had bought one of the statues after seeing it on a WeChat moment – the country’s version of Instagram Stories.
“Trump can also be regarded as a representative of an era, and extreme egoism. Now the era has passed but I want the statue to remind me: Don’t be too Trump,” he said.