Khun Phaen Kru Tap Khaw 200 Year OId Hiding Place Amulet of Somdej Dto

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

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).

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

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

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 200 Year OId Amulet

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.

Khun Phaen Kru Tap Khaw 200 Year OId Hiding Place Amulet of Somdej Dto Prohmrangsri Wat Rakang

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.

Khun Phaen Kru Tap Khaw - Somdej Dto Prohmrangsri Wat Rakang

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 Pra Puttajarn (Dto) Prohmrangsri of Wat Rakang Kositaram

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.

Khun Phaen Kru Tap Khaw Amulet

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.


Pra Kong Lampun Kru Wat Tap Khaw

Ancient Amulet has now expanded the Pra Kru section of the Store with some Subcategories for easy research, when seeking to study one particular type of Pra Kru from one particular amulet hiding place find. Just surf to the Pra Kroo Section to see the subcategories, which will grow as we document each particular Hiding Place Find Edition.

Pra Pim Pra Rod Kru Tap Khaw Ancient Amulet Find

Right now there are three new categories added to Ancient Amulet Pra Kru Section, which we have also made separate info pages about, and can be read on the following links;

Pra Kru Wat Sadter Amulets

Pra Kru Wat Tap Khaw Amulets

Pra Kru Wat Khao Pra Dtai Amulets


Pra Kru Wat Geng Jeen Amulets Ayuttaya Period

The Pra Kru Wat Geng Jeen amulet find was discovered in the year 2515 BE (approximately), in the old deserted temple of Wat Geng Jeen, in Rayong Province. Despite the fact the temple was in disrepair and without any resident monks, the history of this temple is known and documented. It is known hence, from historical reasearch, that Pra Ajarn Geng was the abbot at the time of the burial of the amulets and made them in over 70 models, all made from cast alchemical lead artifact alloy.

The Pra Kru Wat Geng Jeen amulet find occurred around the year 2515 BE, at the abandoned temple of Wat Geng Jeen, in Rayong, when a large batch of leaden amulets were discovered at the temple. The amulets were created towards the end of the Ayuttaya period, just before the Ratanakosin Era. The amulets were created by Pra Ajarn Geng, who was then the abbot of Wat Geng Jeen. The amulets were found in many different designs and images, numbering over 70 different Pim in all. Some are very common to find still, and others are much rarer.

The Kru Wat Geng Jeen amulets are known for their ‘Sanim Daeng’ reddish beige rust forming as ‘Kraap Kru on the front, and that most of them were originally coated in gold leaf in manu cases. The rear faces of the amulets have a fine layer of white cement from the Kru chamber adhering to the surface, which is one of the criteria used for recognising this particula Pra Kru, for they all have some to greater or lesser degree on the rear face.

The rarer and more highly sought after models include the Pim Mara Wichai Thaan Pha Tip, the Pim Samati Thaan Song Chan, the Pim Mokkhallana or Saributra (Pim Sawok – praying monk listening to the Buddha – can be seen as either Maugalyayana Arahant, or Sariputra Arahant), and the various models of which only few were found, and are extremely rare, such as the Pra Sangkajjai, Prajam Wan Birthday Buddhas, Pim Pra Nakprok, and the Pim Pra Pratan Thaan Tip.

Below; One of the Preferred Models of the Kru Wat Geng Jeen Amulet Find; the Pim Samati Thaan Sorng Chan

Pim Samati Wat Geng Jeen

Pra Ajarn Geng, the maker of the amulets back in the late Ayuttaya period, was a famous Kammathana Master Monk of his time. It is believed by experts that Pra Ajarn Geng, the maker of the Pra Kru Wat Geng Jin amulets, was the original Kroo Ba Ajarn who bestowed his magical Wicha onto some of the Great Masters of Olden days we know, such as Luang Por Dto of Wat Khao Bor Tong, Luang Por Am, of Wat Nong Grabork, the Great Luang Phu Tim of Wat Laharn Rai, and Luang Por Tarb of Wat Nong Grabok Kheun Pheung.

Below; One of the other preferred models of the Kru Wat Geng Jeen; the Pim Thaan Pha Tip

Pra Kru Wat Geng Jeen Pim Thaan Pha Tip Niyom

Here we can see a preferred Pim Niyom model of the Pra Kru Wat Geng Jeen Cast Leaden hiding place amulet find, from the Ayuttaya Period, this model being popularly called the Pim Pra Sawok, also known as ‘Pim Pra Mokkhalla’ and ‘Pim Pra Saribut’

Pra Kru Wat Geng Jeen Nuea Chin Pim Pra Sawok Niyom - Sacred Leaden Ancient Hiding Place Amulet Late Ayuttaya Period

The words ‘Pra Sawok’ means ‘Savaka’, or ‘disciple’ of the Buddha. It refers in this case to the Arahants Sariputra and Mokkhallana (also called Maugdalyāyāna, and Maha-Moggallana).The image can indeed be used for either of these Arahants, as they are both mostly featured in this sideways praying posture seated either side of the Dais the Buddha sits on under the Bodhi tree.

Pim Pra Prajam Wan Birthday Buddha

Pra U-Tong Awk Seuk (Pra Pong Supan)

Pra U-Tong Awk Seuk – Jong Ang Seuk Edition 2510 BE – Wat Pra Sri Radtana Maha Tat (Supanburi)

The ‘Pra U-Tong Awk Seuk’ amulet, was made and first blessed in the year 1510 BE in a large Buddha Abhiseka Blessing ceremony at Wat Pra Sri Radtana Maha Tat temple, in Supanburi. One can see that the amulet is indeed the same features as the classic Pra Kru Pong Supan, ancient Pra-Kru hiding place amulet of Supanburi Province, whose original archeological find of U-Tong Era amulets was of course also at Wat Pra Sri Radtana Maha Tat. This is of course intentional, but in the case of this edition, was given the special name of Pra U-Tong Awk Seuk’

The amulet is known as the ‘Jong Ang Seuk’ edition, because a large number of them (25,700 amulets) were sent to distribute to the soldiers who had travelled to fight in the Vietnam War, to protect them in battle. The remainder of the amulets which were not sent to the warriors on the front lines, were not distributed at first, and were passed through a further 2 Buddha Abhiseka blessing ceremonies. The first of those further two ceremonies was held between the 2nd and 10th March 2511 Be, and the second extra blessing ceremony was held on the 13th April 2511 BE. Thereafter, most of the remaining amulets were distributed to civil servants and those in governmental offices, and the last remaining amulets were then kept stored away in the Kru Hiding Chamber in the year 2512 BE

The Pra U-Tong Awk Seuk is a classic and historically famous edition of Wat Pra Sri Radtana Mahatat, in Supannburi, that is modelled in similarity to the Pra Pong Supan’Pim Hnaa Gae’ Benjapakee amulet of Supreme Fame and Reverence. Although this edition is commonly known to have the Pim Hnaa Gae Nang Samadhi Khat Paetch Meditating Buddha Image (both hands clasped together facing upwards on the lap), there were actually also some models made, which have a Buddha Image seated in the Mara Vichai (Conquering Mara) Posture, with one hand reaching down to touch the earth.

The Muan Sarn and features of the amulet are rich in Nuances, and provide and excellent exhibit for viewing as study material for the Pra Pong Supan Pim Hnaa Gae type amulet, and its features.

Klaew Klaad Maha Amnaj, Serm Yos, Kong Grapan Chadtri, Maha Ud Power for those in lines of duty where the ability to instil confidence and trust, convince others of your will, and survive great dangers, increase status and chances of promotion. Such are the powers of the Pra U-Tong Awk Seuk Jong Ang Seuk Pong Supan amulet, and all Pra Pong Supan of the Benjapakee Class family of amulets.

Monks present in the ceremony included Luang Por Mui (Wat Don Rai), Luang Por Thin (Wat Pa Lelai, in Supanburi), Luang Por Khom (Wat Rong Phai Wua, Supanburi), Luang Por Huad, (Wat Don Po Tong), Luang Por Pae (Wat Pikul Tong), Luang Por An (Wat Prayatikaram, Ayuttaya), Luang Por Tim (Wat Pra Khaw, Ayuttaya), Luang Por Ngern (Wat Don Yai Horm),and Luang Por Noi (Wat Dhamma Sala, Nakorn Pathom), amongst a total of 69 Guru Masters present in all.

Pra U-Tong Awk Seuk (Pra Pong Supan)

Pra sum gor ancient amulet

Pra Sum Gor Chud 2 – Luang Phu Tim (Wat Laharn Rai) – ‘Nuea Pong Pasom Jinda Manee‘ – This Pra Sum Gor blessed by the Great Luang Phu Tim, was released in aid of the Dhamma, due to needed funds for the temple of Wat Pai Lom, in Amper Ban Kay (Rayong) close to the temple of Luang Phu Tim. 

It was the case with this great master, as is the case with almost all of his surviving apprentice masters such as Luang Por Sakorn, and Luang Phu Sin that, The masters would not release Amulets at his own great temple, but would agree to release Amulets for smaller temples around the area and in other areas, to help in their development for the cause of Buddhism. 

For this reason, most of his famous amulets were released at a large variety of different temples and for many different funding projects which is part of what makes this great master, and his apprenticed masters who are still still alive today, so great, and meritorious. 

Pra Sum Gor Luang Phu Tim

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