Presenting a fully authenticated and Pristine Exhibit of the Pra Khun Phaen 15 Block 2 Amulet series of Luang Phu Tim Issarigo (Wat Laharn Rai), in Nuea Hlueang Golden Yellow Powders, consisting of Pong Paya Wan Dork Tong mixed with Pong Prai Kumarn powders with blesséd sticky rice, and double Takrut Sariga Koo in rear face.
The Khun Phaen is a Pim Yai Nuea Hlueang Fang Takrut sariga Koo Pim Niyom and comes with A4 size certificate of Authenticity from the Luead Baan Kaay Luang Phu Tim Amulet Appreciation Society, with the signature of its President, Doctor Ajarn Pisek Sri Sawad.
This exhibit is particularly attractive for its pristinely well preserved fieatures and clear cut detailed relief, with the classic appearance of Dork Tong Herbal powders with the marbled stonelike texture which arises from the mixture of Pong Prai Kumarn bone powders, and Khaw Hniaw Sukh blessed sticky rice.
In the gallery below, you can enjoy some closeup views of the Muan Sarn Powders and the various visual aspects within the sacred Clay
Presenting an eminent and extremely rare Pim from the highly preferred and sought after Kru Tap Khaw amulet pantheon; The Pra Khun Phaen Pim Ha Liam Kru Wat Tap Khaw Sukhothai, of Somdej Pra Puttajarn Dto Prohmrangsri (Wat Rakang Kositaram). An amulet that is older than Somdej Dto’s Masterwork, the Pra Somdej Wat Rakang, which dates at about 40 years younger than the Khun Phaen Tap Khaw.
The Khun Phaen Kru Wat Tap Khaw, is considered an ‘Ongk Kroo’ (teacher model), for reference study of the Pra Somdej Wat Rakang amulet, and is evaluated as such for the following reasons 1. The amulet was almost certainly made by Somdej Dto Prohmrangsri, 2. This amulet is visibly older than the Pra Somdej Wat Rakang, and hence is a good teacher as to how sacred clay that is more than 150 – 200 years old should look under the eye loupe. And, 3. The Muan Sarn Sacred Clay is almost identical in its appearance and ageing characteristics to the clay found in the Pra Somdej Wat Rakang amulet.
Khun Phaen Kru Tap Khaw 200 Year OId Hiding Place Amulet of Somdej Dto
These amulets are compared to the Pra Somdej Wat Rakang of Somdej Dto Prohmrangsri , but are much more affordable in the current time. However, the Pra Kru Wat Tap Khaw series hiding place amulets are now becoming extremely rare, and have entered the Master-Class Pra Niyom Category. These amulets are yet another priceless possession of the devotee and collector of the Pra Dtragun Somdej Dto (Pantheon of amulets that are directly or indirectly associated with Somdej Dto in their making).
Khun Phaen Kru Tap Khaw (Rear Face)
Khun Phaen Kru Tap Khaw (Front Face)
Khun Phaen Kru Tap Khaw (Bottom Edge View)
The Kru Wat Tap Khaw was discovered in 2480 by a Mr. Dteng (Surname not known), who found them whilst digging around the temple grounds. The Kru was found to have amulets buried which were made during three different Eras of History;
The first era was created in the Sukhothai Era, and were made from fine Nuea Pong Puttakun powders. A large number of different models were found, such as the Pra Pratan Porn, the Pra Ruang Nang, Pra Rueang Yern, Pra Lila. The amulets of this era have a creamy milky white clay hardened like stone, extremely similar in Muan Sarn to the Pra Somdej Wat Rakang Kositaram and to the amulets of Wat Plab.
Khun Phaen Kru Tap Khaw Pim Ha Liam
The amulets of the second era found were from the early Ratanakosin period (somewhere around the time of King Rama 3), and are hence roughly of an age between 150 and 200 years old. This group of amulets were also made from Nuea Pong Puttakun, which have an almost identical appearance with the sacred clay of the Pra Somdej Wat Rakang Kositaram of Somdej Pra Puttajarn (Dto) Prohmrangsri.
Below; Gallery of Close up Macro Images of the Features and Aspects of the Muan Sarn Clay of the Khun Phaen Kru Tap Khae amulet
A very large number of different kinds of amulet designs were found in this batch, some in greater numbers than others. Amongst the many Pim found in this batch were the Pra Luang Por Dto, Pra Khun Phaen Ha Liam, Pra Khun Phaen Khai Pa Seek, Pra Sam, Pra Narai Song Pern, and Pra Ruang, which were all obviously made in reverence to the previous periods of Thai Buddhist Arts of History.
Close up Macro Image of the Features and Aspects of the Muan Sarn Clay
When all aspects of these amulets are considered and the amulets themselves are examined in all their aspects, it is the common conclusion with experts that the Great Somdej Pra Puttajarn (Dto) Prohmrangsri of Wat Rakang Kositaram must have played a part in their making. Somdej Pra Puttajarn (Dto) Prohmrangsri is known to have hidden amulets in temples around the country, mostly in Central Thailand and in the North, and the amulets themself do not differ in ‘Nuea Ha’ (content), to the Pra Somdej Wat Rakang Kositaram. This makes the amulets of course a perfect reference study teacher model (Ongk Kroo) for training the eyes to recognise a true ancient Pra Somdej Wat Rakang Kositaram amulet.
These amulets have also been found in the Kru hiding place of the Kru Pra Yern Luang Por Dto of Wat Intrawiharn (Wat Bang Khun Prohm) of Somdej Pra Puttajarn (Dto) Prohmrangsri, which strengthens the evidence that Somdej Pra Puttajarn (Dto) Prohmrangsriwas responsible for their making. Below is a video in HD with an unbiased narrative on the Kru Wat Tap Khaw amulets, given by Ajarn Spencer Littlewood
The amulets found in the Kru which came from the third era, were made and hidden during the time of King Rama 6, reaching up to the time of His Majesty Rama 9. This amulets of this batch were found in many forms and reminiscent or straight replicas of amulets of the great Masters of those times, such as the Pra Pim of Luang Por Ao, and Luang Phu Phueak, of Wat Ging Gaew.
Khun Phaen Kru Wat Tap Khaw
The Muan Sarn Sacred Powder clay of this third group of amulets, do not have the same agédness or appearance to its substance as the previous two batches mentioned, and have a much younger appearance in the features of the sacred clay. Some amulets even copied the Pim Song (models) found in the previous two eras of amulets found in the Kru, which causes suspicion about this third batch.
Because of the much younger age and appearance of this batch which was buried at a later era, and the replicas found in the batch, confusion arose, causing the whole Kru Wat Tap Khaw find to come under scrutiny and suspicion about their true age, and for quite a long time the amulets were overlooked, due to the fact that few people realised that the amulets of the two other eras were indeed much more ancient.
The educated collector and student hence must have selectiveness when examining the amulets of the Kru Wat Tap Khaw, because of the three different batches found, which have similar Pim Song in all of them. An experienced collector should hence use his experience to estimate the age of the clay of the amulet to define which of the three batches/eras the amulet came from (especially between second and third eras).
One does not however need to have immense expertise to tell the difference, because the second era amulets (the ones assumed to be made by Somdej Pra Puttajarn (Dto) Prohmrangsri), have a much older appearance, and a much harder stone-like clay. In the case of the Kru Wat Tap Khaw amulets, one should place higher value on recognising the age of the clay, than recognising the Pim Song (design model), because the model is found in more than one era batch. In short, the designs were replicated in all batches, but the age of each amulet cannot be replicated, and is the definitive measure.
Close up of the face features and hardened clay (Nuea graeng) of Khun Phaen Kru Tap Khaw amulet – Somdej Pra Puttajarn Dto Prohmrangsri Wat Rakang
The inner circle aficionados of this series of Hiding Place Amulets have various beliefs depending on which group of aficionados;
The main group assume that it was the Great Khrua Ta Saeng of Wat Mani Chonlakhant in Lopburi who made the first batch during the time or Rama the 3rd. Khrua Ta Saeng was the Kroo Ba Ajarn of the Great Somdej Pra Puttajarn (Dto) Prohmrangsri, who encountered him on Tudong forest wandering in the Ayuttaya region.
Somdej Dto with the famous Pra Somdej Gang Pla amulet of the Kru Tap Khaw Hiding Place Find
This was during the time that Somdej Pra Puttajarn (Dto) Prohmrangsri went missing from Wat Rakang Kositaram and spent 15 Years in the forests around the Northern regions of Thailand and could not be found, and it was during this time that Somdej Dto received the Wicha Pra Somdej and other methods of making Sacred Powders from Khrua Ta Saeng, and Kata Akom for subduing Maras, Ghosts and Demonic Spirits.
Khrua Ta Saeng liked to make amulets in the ancient Sukhothai and Ayuttaya periodic styles of artistic interpretation. He would make many kinds of ancient amulets and hide them in Kru in temples around both Sukhothai and Ayuttaya Regions. One very famous and recognisable amulet of Khrua Ta Saeng is the Hlang Hoo Hai, which has two holes in the back face of the amulet. The first era batch of the Kru Wat Tap Khaw amulet find has also examples of Pra Luang Por Dto Hlang Hoo Hai, which is very rare and highly preferred.
The rarest amulet of all of the first era batch of Wat Tap Khaw from Khrua Ta Saeng is the Pra Somdej Pim Gang Pla, theTri Gaay (Pra Sam), the Pra Khun Phaen Ha Liam, Pra Khun Phaen Khai Pa Seek, and the Pra Narai Song Pern.
There is written documentation form Luang Phu Kam of Wat Amarint, who was a Gaeji Ajarn who lived at the same time as, and who was a close friend of Somdej Dto, that amulets had been made by these masters. It is written that Luang Phu Kam had asked Somdej Pra Puttajarn Dto to make some sacred powder amulets in the style and fashion that was known and popular to the people of Ayuttaya, Sukhothai and Lopburi.
The very same models (Pim Song) of amulet which were found in the Kru Wat Tap Khaw are mentioned in this documentation as having been made by Somdej Dto, and so there is little doubt remaining in the origins of the second era batch of the Kru Wat Tap Khaw.
Below; The written documentation from Luang Phu Kam regarding Somdej Pra Puttajarn (Dto) Prohmrangsri’s involvement in the Kru Wat Tap Khaw amulets.
The Kru Wat Tap Khaw first and second era batch amulets are most certainly the best remaining chance to own an original amulet of Somdej Pra Puttajarn (Dto) Prohmrangsri, as well as being a perfect study reference pice, as Ongk Kroo teacher for the study of the Muan Sarn clay of the Immortal Pra Somdej Wat Rakang Kositaram of Somdej Pra Puttajarn (Dto) Prohmrangsri, Wat Rakang Kositaram.
The Pra Khun Phaen Block Sorng, of Luang Phu Tim (Wat Laharn Rai), or, Popularly now known as the ‘Khun Phaenn Pi 15’, has other names too, depending on which of the many subdivisions the particular Pim belongs to. Some of the more commonly heard of Pim are the Khun Phaen Sum Khad,also known as ‘Khun Phaen Sao Khad’, Khun Phaen Block Tong Hlueang (Gorn Dtok Dtaeng pre-refined version, and Hlang Dtok Dtaeng post-refined version), and so on. But in most cases, all of these refer to the Khun Phaen 15 amulet, and are mere subdivisions for cataloguing and categorisation purposes.
Pra Khun Phaen Pong Prai Kumarn Luang Phu Tim from 2515 BE
The Pra Khun Phaen Pi 15, is in truth a series which includes amulets pressed during the years 2505 BE to 2515 BE, with a vast pantheon of different models and variations, which were only given official release in 2515 BE, but whose making began years before that. For ease of definition, they are all mostly referred to as Pra Khun Phaen Pi 15. It is expected that time will see further subcategorisation as the series is slowly catalogued into different categories.
Pra Khun Phaen Pi 15 4th Prizewinner Luead Ban Kaay Association Meeting
Since the confirmation of the reality of the Block 2 Khun Phaen Luang Phu Tim of 2515 BE, this edition has become one of the hottest prospects of the decade. Now is the time to study and collect, for the near and far future will make the Block 2 Edition as unaffordable as the Block Raek has become in the present day. In fact, the mainstream high end publications and many of the top entrepreneur collectors are now placing them in their showrooms at ever more highly elevated prices, since their general acceptance has become a reality.
Pra Khun Phaen Pong Prai Kumarn Luang Phu Tim
Below; Pra Khun Phaen Pong Prai Kumarn Pi 15 Amulets in the Famous Amata Siam Publication, which focuses on amulets of authenticity and high reputation, and has joined the ranks of those who ‘cheer’ the Pra Khun Phaen, and who are now auctioning and entering the amulets in competitions.
Three major encyclopaedic works have already been released in the last 2 years to catalogue the full pantheon, and the amulets are now beginning to disappear from the streets as the collectors and speculators snap them up and put them away in their safes.
Above and Below; you can see the Khun Phaen Pi 15 already appearing in the famous ‘Amata Siam’ publication. Some showrooms are aldready showing prices of $5000 – $7000 for some models of Khun Phaen Pi 15.
The recent events with confirmed and respected living initiates of Luang Phu Tim coming out to confirm and reveal the full story of the making of the Pra Khun Phaen Pong Prai Kumarn, along with presenting photographic visual evidence of the facts, has served to dispel and doubts or confusion about the reality of the Pra Khun Phaen 15 series. This, and many other conclusive forms of evidence have served to open up the truth and reveal this edition, which has been deliberately, or perhaps through mere oversight, hidden from the public, by a few powerful monopolists for many decades. These same people who once denied the Khun Phaen 15, are now proudly decorating their showrooms with these very same amulets.
The edition has stayed with the local folk, and did not fall only into the hands of the speculators, who have controlled the information available about all the many models which were actually made by Luang Phu Tim. That era is now over, and the Khun Phaen Pi 15 has taken its rightful position amongst the ranks of Pra Niyom amulets of the Tamniab Official Pantheon of Luang Phu Tim. Competitions with all the various models of Khun Phaen 15 and earlier are now commonplace, and proud devotees are entering their amulets into coompetition with great fervour.
Above; Ajarn Pisek of the Glum Anuraks Pra Krueang Luang Phu Tim speaks on National TV to break the News and destroy the Myths about the Pra Khun Phaen Prai Kumarn of Luang Phu Tim (created by Monopolists who only managed to get the 2517 BE edition in their possession, and 1. were unaware of the truth, as well as jealously blocking any editions they did not control, out of greed and prejudice). Luang Phu made other editions throughout the years between 2505 to his passing, with the 2515 BE edition now becoming the most preferred of all, overtaking the 2517 BE ‘Block Raek’ series
Below; A Video Podcast from with Narrative Ajarn Spencer Littlewood explaining a recent News Publication about the Pra Khun Phaen Pi 15
Ajarn Pisek has broken these myths, by revealing that Luang Phu Tim began to make and distribute Pra Khun Phaen in the year 2493 (Year of the Tiger). He then made his second edition in the year 2505 BE, and continuously distributed them throughout until his passing. But that in truth, the old devotees who grew up around Wat Laharn Rai (including Ajarn Pisek), did not wear the 2517 BE so called Pim Niyom edition, rather, that the true preferred edition of the local devotees who we close to Luang Phu, wear and collect the 2515 BE edition as the most preferred edition.
Below; Pra Khun Phaen Pi 15 Pim Yai Block Tong Hlueang Hlang Dtok Dtaeng Niyom Nuea Khaw Hniaw Sukh Long Sai Rae Tong Kam Luang Phu Tim
Below; Ajarn Pisek presents a Khun Phaen Luang Phu Tim Pi 15 amulet to her Majesty Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Prataep Radtana Rachasuda Siam Boroma Rachakumaree
Ajarn Pisek Gives Pra Khun Phaen 15 Luang Phu Tim to Princess Prataep
Below; Pra Khun Phaen Sum Khad (Sao Khad)
Pra Khun Phaen Sum Khad (Sao Khad) – one of the many variations of the Pra Khun Phaen Pi 15
The Block Tong Hlueang was used to press Pra Khun Phaen Pong Prai Kumarn after the Block Hin Meed Gone broke. It was first used before the block press was given fine tuning, and then also again after having been filed down and carved to a more detailed and subtly styled detail, with the first pressings being known as ‘Long Pim Block Tong Hlueang Gon Dtok Dtaeng’. The more refined version was then given the name ‘Block Tong Hlueang Hlang Dtok Dtaeng (Niyom)’. The Block Tong Hlueang press is also known by local devotees of the Era as ‘Pim Sum Khad’ or ‘Pim Sao Khad’, and also other names. All of the different names refer to the very same Pim.
Rear face features of a Pra Khun Phaen Pong Prai Kumarn Pim Sum Khad (Khun Phaen Block Tong Hlueang/Block 2)
After the true Looksit and current mythbusters have revealed the truth, the most preferred edition is now becoming the 2514-2515 BE (Khun Paen 15). The Pra Khun Phaen Pong Prai Kumarn is a preferred choice of both the wise investor and devotee, as well as the perfect choice for those Devotees who seek the immense power of Luang Phu Tim’s now Legendary Pra Khun Phaen Pong Prai Kumarn Pi 15. Since the confirmation of the reality of various previously undiscovered editions of Khun Phaen Luang Phu Tim, and ‘coming out’ of various Looksit Aek (direct initiates of LP Tim who were involved in the making of the Khun Phaen Prai Kumarn amulets between the years 2505 BE and 2515 BE, the amulet world has been taken by storm, and turned upon its head.
Below; Luang Phu Tim is seen with Ajarn Piarn Wit (left), thirtheenth direct initiate of Luang Phu Tim, during the time around 2514 BE when he was helping Luang Phu as a lay practitioner. Ajarn Piarn Wit and various other direct devotees and initiates of Luang Phu have now come out into Public to reveal the facts, for documentation and confirmation.
Luang Phu Tim is seen with Ajarn Piarn Wit (left), thirtheenth direct initiate of Luang Phu Tim
The 2515 BE Block 2 series was the first edition to come to light in this revolution, that was undiscovered by the Samakom Pra and the ‘Chang Ga Buay Puttapanich’ commercial monopolists (self claimed ‘experts’), who forced acceptance of only the 2517 BE edition, and demanded the amulet world should only accept the amulets which they themselves possessed to be classified.
Pra Khun Phaen Pong Prai Kumarn Long Pim (Block 2 Sum/Sao Khad) Luang Phu Tim
One big mistake the Chang Ga Buay Puttapanich and Samakom Pra had made, was to put the name of Ajarn Piarn Wit and Ajarn Sukhothai and other Ajarns such as Ajarn Maeng, into their catalogues and encyclopaedic publications, as being the Ajarns involved in the making of the Khun Phaen Pong Prai Kumarn amulets of Luang Phu Tim. because after the denial of the 2515 BE edition, and statements that Ajarn Piarn Wit was the maker of a later edition in 2517 BE which Luang Phu did not bless were made.
Ajarn Piarn Wit watches Luang Phu Tim perform a blessing on the car of a devotee circa 2514 BE
But then suddenly, Ajarn Piarn Wit came out to speak thorugh this provocation, and provided photographic evidence and official confirmations to show that firstly, Ajarn Piarn Wit was ordained and initiated by Luang Phu Tim in 2514 BE, and assisted in the ,making of the 2515 BE ‘Sao Khad Block 2’ edition with Luang Phu. he provided many pieces of evidence, and the fact that he was already stated to be the 13th direct initiate of Luang Phu Tim and directly involved in the making of the Khun Phaen Pong Prai Kumarn
Above; Video interview conducted by Mor Grit, famous collector of Amulets of Luang Phu Tim, and Talkshow host, inquires with Ajarn Piarn Wit, the 13th direct Initiate of Luang Phu Tim, who ordained with Luang Phu and was one of his close assistants, about the truth of the 2515 BE and earlier editions of Pra Khun Phae, and receives direct confirmation of the facts, authenticating these editions. The beginning of the video shows photographic evidence of Ajarn Piarn Wit as a young man ordained with Luang Phu, as well as serving him as a Lay Practitioner over the years, helping Luang Phu to make amulets, and serving his needs.
Ajarn Piarn Wit as he was Ordained in his early years, at the side of Luang Phu Tim.
Below; Locals of Ban Kaay in Rayong show their Pra Khun Phaen 15 amulets, and tell of their knowledge and experience of the true facts, as local devotees of Luang Phu Tim, who know the truth, much better than a load of so called experts from Bangkok and other Provinces, who happened to pass by decades ago, snap up a few amulets and try to make the whole remaining pantheon disappear, be manipulating public beliefs with their own self sponsoring publications, and influence with the media. Those days are over now in the days of the Internet, where communication has become much easier, and the new younger generation of amulet aficionados have applied their knowledge of internet to put the pieces of the puzzle back together, and reveal the truth to the world.
Below; Locals of Ban Kaay in Rayong show their Pra Khun Phaen 15 amulets.
The Samakom Pra were dumbfounded when Ajarn Piarn Wit came out to confirm the edition which is as good as ‘from the horses mouth’. In video interview with a famous expert and collector and TV star, he called Ajarn Sukhothai, the official expert who first catalogued all the officially accepted Khun Phaen into their respective series block presses, and named them. In the telephone conversation with the President of Luang Phu Tim Amulet Association in Sukhothai (who can be considered to be amongst the top 3 officially accepted people in the Know, and the person who first defined the different block presses), The president of the Sukhothai Luang Phu Tim Amulet Association confirmed the existence and authenticity of the 2515 edition, and the previous editions which were made between 2505 BE and 2515 BE.
Ajarn Piarn Wit once more walking beside Luang Phu Tim, holding his betel nut and areca tray (Chan Hmak)
Examples of Pra Khun Phaen Pong Prai Kumarn from the previous ‘Hin Meed Gone’ razor sharpening stone block press, which after breaking, was superceded by the Block Tong Hlueang Brass Block Press.
Below; Ajarn Piarn Wit reveals the truth of the pressing of the 2515 BE Khun Phaen 15, and that Luang Phu blessed them. He explains that the til now preferred ‘Block Raek supposed ‘first block’ was actually the third block press development, and that the Block Sorng (2nd Block Press), preceded it. Ajarn Piarn Wit confirms the reality of the Khun Phaen 2515 BE with great sincerity.
Ajarn Piarn Wit Seated once more at the side of Luang Phu Tim, as one of his close ‘Looksit Aek’ direct initiate apprentices.
Below; Mr Chui, direct grandson and initiate of Luang Phu Tim, confirms the reality of the Block 2 Sereies, blessed by Luang Phu Tim. The beginning of the video shows Mr Chui as a Samanera Monk at the side of Luang Phu Tim’s corpse at the time of his death.
Below we can admire an example of a Block 2 Pim Yai from a famous Amulet Auctioneer Magazine in Nuea Chompoo from some years ago now, which auctioned for 65,000 Thai baht (Roughly 1950$ US) – the Pi 15 amulets have already quadrupled the below price in various auction rooms and shows.
The block Tong Hlueang was then refined further, separating the two versions of the brass block mold into ‘Gorn Dtok Dtaeng’ (before refinement) and ‘Hlang Dtok Dtaeng’ (after further refinement – these are ‘Pim Niyom’ most preferred). Below; some more examples of the Pra Khun Phaen Pong Prai Kumarn – these belonging to the Block Hin Meed Gone amulet, in a Samakom Pra amulet appreciation society encyclopedia. The block hin meed gone series preceded the block tong hlueang and was less refined, and was superceded by the block tong hlueang after the block hin meed gone broke.
Khun Phaen Prai Kumarn Block Hin Meed Gone Luang Phu Tim
The Pra Khun Phaen Pong Prai Kumarn Luang Phu Tim amulet, has has been one of the most popular amulets in the whole Pantheon of Thai Buddhist Amulets of the last century, and of all time, and is now almost impossible to encounter commonly anywhere in any amulet emporium, except for the most elite showrooms, and at elevated prices.
The Sacredness of the Pra Khun Phaen Pong Prai Kumarn is legendary and unquestioned in Thailand, and its magical power is commonly accepted by all. The Muan Sarn Sacred Powders of the Pra Khun Phaen Pong Prai Kumarn are considered to be amongst the most powerful powders to empower amulets in existence.
The Pra Khun Phaen Pong Prai Kumarn is a highly attractive and rare Sacred Amulet, that is considered truly Powerful, and stands as the Master Class Amulet of its Category, and is considered a Most Highly Prized addition to any Master Class Collector’s Showcase, and more importantly, is a most powerful amulet to possess for Bucha, and receive its Blessings, which History has proved time and time again to be one of the most powerful and famous amulets in Thai Amulet History.