Buddha soda bottle—anybody seen this?

edited June 2019 in Question and Answer

I recently got a green glass 8 oz soda bottle with what appears to be a baby embossed on it or, more likely, a Buddha. Does anyone know what this is, and what it’s worth? It’s the strangest bottle I’ve ever seen. It’s not the Lucky Buddha beer bottle.


  • A Buddha? Huh! What's next, Catholic Cola . . . Baptist Beer . . . Lutheran Lager?

    It wouldn't be the first time a religious figure appears on a bottle. Here another:

    "Natraj" (alternately spelled "Nataraj") is the representation of Shiva, the most important Hindu god.

    "Nataraj, the dancing form of Lord Shiva, is a symbolic synthesis of the most important aspects of Hinduism, and the summary of the central tenets of this Vedic religion. The term 'Nataraj' means 'King of Dancers' (Sanskrit nata = dance; raja = king). In the words of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, Nataraj is the "clearest image of the activity of God which any art or religion can boast of…A more fluid and energetic representation of a moving figure than the dancing figure of Shiva can scarcely be found anywhere," ...

    "This cosmic dance of Shiva is called 'Anandatandava,' meaning the Dance of Bliss, and symbolizes the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction, as well as the daily rhythm of birth and death. The dance is a pictorial allegory of the five principle manifestations of eternal energy — creation, destruction, preservation, salvation, and illusion. According to Coomerswamy, the dance of Shiva also represents his five activities: 'Shrishti' (creation, evolution); 'Sthiti' (preservation, support); 'Samhara' (destruction, evolution); 'Tirobhava' (illusion); and 'Anugraha' (release, emancipation, grace)."

  • Mold seam? Does it run up to the top of the lip? Markings on base?

  • Mold seam goes all the way to the top. Numbers at base rim of bottle — 2525E G26

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