A most Exquisitely laquered and with gold leaf affixed, Officially Certificated, Authentic Pra Somdej Wat Rakang Pim Yai Gaes Jarod Sum Block Chang Luang Wijarn of Somdej Pra Puttajarn (Dto (Prohmrangsri, with Red Lacquered Surface, and all the classic features of an Ongk Kroo Model of this All Time. This particular exhibit is Extremely attractive to the eye, with its heavy ancient and hardened lacquer and gold leaf affixed to the tme-hardened surface.
A Master Class ancient amulet of the Benjapakee Immortal Classic Family, the Pra Somdej Wat Rakang Pim Chang Luang Wijarn, with Rak Chart (ancient red lacquer), of the great Somdej Pra Puttajarn (Dto) Prohmrangsri of Wat Rakang Kositaram, this model is an extremely attractive Pim Niyom model of the 'Chang Sip Moo' Artisan Chang Luang Wijarn. This amulet comes with the offer of free gold casing (can take up to an extra 10 days before shipping, to leave time for our artisan to work diligently and hand make the frame and waterproof bespoke casing for your amulet).
The Pra Somdej Wat rakang Comes with A4 Size Plasticized Authenticity Certificate issued by the Association of Amulets of Siam Thailand, and comes with Free Express Air shipping, and Free Gold Casing Included in the price. Please choose the gold casing option to take advantage of this free offer.
Below, A4 sised certificate of authenticity of this Pra Somdej Wat Rakang Long Rak Chart Pim Yai Gaes Jarod Sum Block Chang Luang Wijarn, The Artisan Chang Luang Wijarn was the Kroo Ba Ajarn (teacher) of all the other artisans of the Chang Sip Moo artisans, including the great Chang Luang Sittigarn and Chang Luang Wijit.
Below is an 11 minute long video with full views of another exhibit of this type, for study and comparison, with 12 x Macro closeups of the Muan Sarn Powders, with Narrative from Ajarn Spencer Littlewood to enlighten the student on the various aspects of authenticity of the Pra Somdej Long Rak Chart.
A truly ancient amulet made Circa 2390 - 2396 BE (second era). The rear face of this exhibit is inimitable and has immensely beautiful markings, of a classic Pra Somdej Wat Rakang. Various exhibits display different textures on the rear faces, for they were laid on various surfaces to sun dry, ranging from marble stone to mai gradan wooden boards. In this case, the exhibit is a Hlang Riab smooth rear face model (usually placed on marble or granite to dry in the sun), but is not visible due to the highly aged and bubbly Rak Chart Jeen Boran ancient Chinese red lacquer coating
In truth, no two Pra Somdej Wat Rakang are the same, and each amulet has its own individual character, which is of course one of the many aspects which form part of what makes the Pra Somdej Wat Rakang the title holder of the 'King of Thai Amulets'.
The amulet comes with the A4 size certificate of authenticity as a Pra Somdej Wat Rakang Long Rak Pid Tong of Somdej Pra Puttajarn (Dto) Prohmrangsri, with definition of the preferred artisan as authentic issued from the Pra Tae Mueang Siam Amulet Association.
An Immortal Classic and one of the most famous Thai Buddhist Amulets of all time, as well as being amongst the top preferred amulets of the serious devotee and wealthy collector of the accepted amulets of Somdej Pra Puttajarn (Dto) Prohmrangsri, of Wat Rakang Kositaram, whose Pra Somdej are the number one amulets of all time, be they from Wat Rakang, Wat Bang Khun Prohm,or Wat Gaes Chaiyo.
Made almost 1.5 moving towards 2 centuries ago, the Pra Somdej Wat Rakang can be considered the number one amulet of all time in Thailand for its historical fame and legendary, and tae reputation of its maker Somdej Dto, to be the number 1 in all Thai History for Pra Somdej Amulets.
The Pra Somdej Amulets of Somdej Dto, are officially recognized as coming from one (or all) of four Royal temples; Wat Intrra Wiharn (Bang Khun Prohm Nai), Wat Gaes Chaiyo, Wat Hmai Bang Khun Prom, and of course last but not least,Wat Rakang Kositaram. Most of these amulets are given a Puttapisek blessing ceremony in the temple where they were made, but then travel to at least two or three of the other temples to be laid under the 'Pra Pratan' (main Buddha statue in the shrine), and absorb the prayers of the Sangha (Monks), for further sacredness and power.
Pra Somdej is one of the 'Benja Pakee' official set of five national amulets of Thailand seen as the most sacred, desirable and representative of every region of Thailand. In recent decades various Kru hiding place finds have been discovered in temples where Somdej Dto built statues and traveled, such as the Kru Wat Kanlayanamit, and Kru Wat Sadter finds.
This amulet comes with its certificate of authenticity in form of a A4 sized plastified certificate photo of the Chomrom Pra Tae Mueang Siam Amulet Appreciation society of Siam Thailand, and complimentary box with authenticity confirmation sticker. We offer free Solid Gold, Solid Silver, Stainless Steel, or Waterproof Casing with this amulet, whichever you prefer. Free EMS Shipping is also included in the price.
The rear face shows the presence of all the classic features and muan sarn ingredients of a true Pra Somdej Wat Rakang of Somdej Dto, with a beautiful lined pattern resulting from shrinkage and drying over almost two centuries of ageing, and which has added to the character and increases the ease of authentication. This kind of rear face pattern is highly preferred amongst aficionados and serious devotee-collectors, for its classic aged appearance.
The contents of the Muan Sarn Sacred Clay reveal the necessary aspects and content expected from an authentic Pra Somdej Wat Rakang. The design of the front face is exquisite, as were all the block presses carved for Somdej Dto by the artisan Luang Wijarn, one of the royal artisans of the Chang Sip Moo group of artisans. Pra Somdej Wat Rakang is one of the classic Pra Somdej amulets of Somdej Dto available, along with Pra Somdej Wat Gaes Chaiyo, and the Pra Somdej Wat Bang Khun Prohm amulet as far as popularity, beauty, sacredness of Puttapisek ceremony and price range.
The Pra Somdej Wat Rakang amulet, is the Keystone and Master amulet (Ongk Kroo) for all other Pra Somdej amulets. It is an image in the likeness of the Buddha sitting on a Dais, which was essentially created by Somdej Pra Puttajarn (Dto) Prohmrangsri, of Wat Rakang Kositaram. There are various different ‘Pim’ (models) with varying design features. The Pra Somdej Wat Rakang, are considered to have extremely powerful Buddha magic in them due to the richness of sacred powders and powerful blessings contained within from great master Somdej Dto. Its general appearance is that of an oblong about 2.4 cm wide up to 4 cm high (varies between these sizes), made from white sacred powders mixed together.
The Pra Somdej Wat Rakang Kositaram Pim Yai Gaes Jarod Sum is Similar to the Pra Somdej Pim Pra Pratan, having the ‘Pra Gaes’ Topknot just touching the arch at the top of the amulet. The Pim Jarod Sum touches the arch or approaches it, whereas the PIm Gaes Talu Sum, pieces the arch. The main Ingredients of the amulets (Muan Sarn Samkan), were made from a base of sea shells, dried rice left from alms round, the five sacred magic powders of Somdej Dto, and ‘Nam Man Dtang Iw’ (special oil for mixing). Nam Man Dtang Iw, or Tung Oil in English, is a preferred oil for mixing and curing amulets with, for it is superior to any other oil as far as water resistance is concerned (one reason why Pra Somdej amulets can be soaked in water without going soft). The oil is much more resistant to mold than its derivatives, such as linseed oil.
The Dtamra must be made by creating exactly 84,000 amulets, equal to the number of Suttas of the Tripitaka. There are different Pim Song (shapes and sizes) of Pra Somdej Wat Rakang, but those which are officially recognized and listed by the ‘wongarn Pra Krueang’ as far as Somdej Wat Rakang amulets are concerned, basically consist of the following officially recognised Pim of Pra Somdej amulets; Pim Pra Pratan (Gaes Talu Sum/Gaes Jarod Sum), Pim Yai Niyom, Pim Chedi, Pim Prok Po, Pim Gaes Bua Dtum, Pim Gaes Talu Sum, and Pim Thaan Saem.
It should be noted, that apart from the Pim Niyom top preferred Pra Somdej such as this exhibit, that there were more than one block press used for each model, as well as 'Pim Plaek' (unusual block presses) which local artisans carved to assist in the pressing, and which fewer are to be found, as well as the snobbier societies being too lazy t document them, and therefore do not often accept 'Pim Plaek' - Unless they have one themself of course... Then it is a different story altogether. ;).
Ajarn Spencer does not adhere to any particular society, and relies on his own knowledge, good eye and insights to authenticate. Sometimes however, as in this casae, he does make the odd competition entry and certification, but he insists that it is not for himself (for he has no need of the opinon of another student), rather, for the person who will end up owning and wearing it, as many people value the prestige of a certificate or trophy, even if Ajarn Spencer himself, prefers to concentrate on the amulet, and less on the certificate.
Ajarn Spencer himself values 'Pim Plaek', as much as Pim Niyom, because they are even rarer than the commonly known models, and one need only be able to recognize the Muan Sarn, Age, and Handiwork of Sodej Dto, to know its origins. Same Blessing, Same Monk, Same POwer, Same Sacred Value. Only difference; not same market price (Pim Plaek are cheaper, merely because certain societies do not study or include them in their simplified pantheons). Ajarn Spencer maintains, that if a student is not dedicated to documenting every single exhibut he can in his lifetime, then he lacks dedication, and fals to reveal the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth...
Somdej Wat Rakang amulets have various surface textures, categorized as 'Nuea Laiad' (fine texture cement mixture), 'Nuea Hyaab'' (rough textured cement mixture), 'Nuea Gae Nam Man Dtang Iw' (old looking textured cement mixture), otherwise known as 'Nuea Sangkhayaa', and 'Nuea Gae Bpoon' (old cement mixture).The basic structure of the design of the classic Somdej, (and almost all Somdej amulets from other temples too), is that of the Lord Buddha sitting inside a Bell (the word 'Rakang' means 'Bell' – 'Wat Rakang' means 'Temple of the Bell').
This is the primary importance of the Somdej amulet in the sense that Somdej from most temples depict the Buddha sitting within a bell which is represented by the arch. The arched structure in amulets is called a 'Sum'. Although these rules do not necessarily always apply (there are a lot of Somdej which are in circulation which are most certainly authentic, but which are not preferred in the collector scene)
There are many less preferred editions which do not fulfill these standard rules of recognition, which is of course one of the reasons why some Somdej Wat Rakang amulets are able to sell for high prices and enter competition, get certificated etc, and why some are not, despite their most probable authenticity.
The difference in the various mixtures made for each 'Pim' have led to differing textures and appearances in the Pra Somdej collections, which provides for a varied and fascinating niche interest, which one can verily spend a whole lifetime studying and accumulating experience and knowledge about this, the King of all amulets.
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