My father was in China to attend my cousin's wedding. It is nice to have family and friends who fuel my tea obsession. My cousin gave me this unknown age old yixing pot! It's very smooth to touch, well seasoned with use, wonderful art work, and I love the mythical representation of the figure.
Buddhism promotes the idea of Karma, kinda like a score card through out your life, before life, after life and every life there after, basically eternal; your family can inherit your karma as well, roughly speaking. Monks particularly accumulate good karma by not eating/killing animals, eliminate desires, promote peace, no wrong doing, and so on. Once they reach the level of kindness of god, they become immortal and assume super power in order to continue to do good for the human kind.
This pot portraits a monk with super power where he's capable of inflating a raggie bag (his luggage/belonging) as his transportation vessel across the sea, fly over the clouds.