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Mystical Amulets and Talismans [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2014-8-1 13:45:51 |Display all floors
So far I am talking about amulets, a small Buddha images or famous monks, once encased in plastic, can wear around the neck or put into shirt pocket. Such religious items must NEVER be put into trouser pocket to shows respect to the Buddha or monks. Please also observed the five Precepts.

They are many styles and sizes of Buddha images and Statues, as offer to devotees to bring back home or shop for veneration and for the peace of mind for the whole family. Such statues can be found in most temples and after consecration available for devotees to bring back home for some fee. Such monetary fund are used for maintenance of the temple, etc.

The covered  Eyes Amulet or Phra Pidta Statues are very rare and even rare are those made wahn or herbs. Most Phra Pidta are made or cast from alloy.

Showing the Phra Pidta herbal made statue by Luang Phor Khron, The size of the statue is measured  from the lap base width, normally in inches.

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Post time 2014-8-2 10:03:55 |Display all floors
Another style of statue of Phra Pidta, by Luang Phor Khron of Wat Uttamaram, all are wahn (herb) made and consisted of wood fibers, sap of a tree and other scared materials.. All are hand pressed and carved to shape and no statue are the same. Only a handful were made and scared writing  in front and back. Happy viewing.

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Post time 2014-8-3 22:15:35 |Display all floors
Another interesting Covered Eyes Amulet or Phra Pidta statue of Wat Uttamaram, hand pressed and  carved to shape, about 4 inch lap span.

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Post time 2014-8-5 10:30:53 |Display all floors
A friend or foe.

This morning must have a compelling to write about some awareness of Amulets that had been circulating around in various countries. To a season collectors, many already had their fingers burnt after  buying some old and famous amulets, or a saying goes, paying some school fees.

Any ordinary person, replica amulets can be quite deceiving even to an expert spending more time just to analyse every inches of an amulet, especially if the cost is very high. What's happening when found out to be dud piece, the same piece is put up on sale, to minimise the losses. The vicious cycles carrying on repeating.

The so called Jade amulets can easily fall into a trap to an ordinary person, wow ...antique Jade... pass down from their great great parents, etc. Using a good 10 times  loupe from the side found the join parts with pieces glue together and filled with black soil. Another alternative, using hot needle to poke through the green plastic. A real stone will resist the needle.

The posted piece with the rear piece cleaned up, part remove to show the black soil.

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Post time 2014-8-6 21:56:59 |Display all floors
Post another amulet shares similar style of making, with artificial ageing at the front and sticking a sticker at the back, trying to create a century old amulet. Both of these amulets are very low quality fake.

If come across such amulets, please stay away from such amulets, even the temptation is there.

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Post time 2014-8-7 15:45:20 |Display all floors
Still in the topic of replication and trying to deceive an ordinary laymen about religious amulets and talisman, there are places in Thailand in Bangkok, where the places of mass production of amulets of all kinds, sizes and shapes on displayed. Most serious collectors will be avoiding such places, but in any societies, the poorest will be the hardest to anticipate their next meals and some of those amulets may be temporary keep them going, rather than robbing or stealing.

All the amulets sold here are not consecrated by any temples, all factory made, shapes and styles quite similar to the real things. The materials used, can be found at any backyards, unlike those from temples, some took years just to gather all the necessary herbs and sacred powders from various temples.

All sorts of amulets can be found here, especially those very famous and expensive amulets, where the market values in excess of few thousands dollars (US) a piece, but here only selling at a fraction of a cost. The novice players most likely to fall for it. Appearances similar to an authentic piece, but the materials, colours and the magical writing gave away.

The basketful of replica Phra Pidta of Luang Phor Khron on displayed at infamous Thaphachan in Bangkok.

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Post time 2014-8-9 16:52:34 |Display all floors
APidta Panghagan another Phra Pidta or Covered Eyea Amulets from Southern Thailand, very beautifully made and designed, unlike from those normal amulets. We normally called such Phra Pidta King, because of the crown like on the head and is flank by two snakes. All Phra Pidta Panghagan must  stamp with code.

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