Phra Somdej, Wat Prakaew, Pim Sairung
Another incredibly beautiful Wat Prakaew amulet in stunning condition. This Amulet is ABSOLUTELY GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC AND GENUINE, it is not a copy or later edition pim.
Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poramenthramaha Mongkut Phra Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua or Rama IV, (King Mongkut) was the fourth monarch of Siam, and one of the most revered. He passed away on the 1st October BE 2411 (1868) .
Upon his death Prince Chulongkorn was appointed regent at the age of 15, his coronation being held on the 11th November BE 2411 (1868)
It was on the occasion of this celebration that a special series of 84,000 amulets were created.
Many of the amulets were created in a similar design to the Pra Somdej of Wat Rakang whilst others were designed in a style influenced by some of the classic pims such as Phra Rod and Pim Nangphya etc.
Pim, Song Chedi
Pim Ok Rong Hu Yarn
Pim Pra Rod
Pim Pra Somkor
It is believed the amulets are made from the following main components
Powder from Pra Somdej Buddachan Toh
Calcium Oxide and Sacred Powders from China
Various natural pigments
These amulets are actually quite unique. It is thought they were made predominately from powders of Somdej Toh and scared powders from China, mixed with various natural pigments to create quite colourful amulets. Today these are known as Phra Sairoong (rainbow amulets) or Pra Benjarong (five colour amulets)
Some were of a single colour such as indigo blue or yellow, whilst others were just natural.
The variation in pims is quite extraordinary with some featuring stamps of the national flag, Bai Sema or Lotus designs to the reverse whilst others were just plain.
Some of the more spectacular pims can fetch large sums of money.
These amulets were blessed on the 11th November BE 2411 by many monks of that era including amongst others Somdej Toh, Wat Rakang, Luang Phor Ngern, Wat Bangklan, Luang Phor Dum, Wat Amarin, Luang Phor Jard etc.
The ceremony was held at Wat Bowon Sathan Suttawas (Wat Pra Kaeo Wang Na) Bangkok. The ceremony was chaired by HRH Prince Boworn Wichai Chan and as such are considered royal amulets. Collectors now refer to these amulets as Pra Wang Na for obvious reasons.
This temple no longer exists as such with the grounds now housing the national museum.
After the sacred ceremony, Many of the amulets were given out as part of the celebration whilst a substantial quantity were also retained in a kru at Wat Prakaew located in the grounds of the Royal Palace and at Wat Bowon Sathan Suttawas itself, and these were discovered in BE 2523 when the Kru was opened, although not in large quantities.
Many amulets go missing
In B.E.2523, a few years before the ceremony to celebrate the occasion of the 200th-year establishment of Bangkok, both the Royal Palace and Wat Prakaew were renovated.
Many craftsman from all over the country were invited to help in this process. It was during the renovation of the Golden Chedi that these amulets were discovered.
Large quantities found there way to local markets and dealers. In fact it is recorded that Princess Maha Cahakri Sirindhorn had requested that these artifacts be returned, but by that time they were dispersed all over the country.
It was also recorded at the time that Amulets created by Somdej Toh of Wat Rakang were also retained in the Chedi. These were personal amulets belonging to various royal family members.
In short these amulets are pretty much considered the property of the royal family and in Thailand there is still today almost a Taboo associated with these pims.
Because of this the amulets have never reached the values that one might associate with other amulets blessed by Somdej Toh.
You will in fact see hundreds of brightly coloured copies of these pims in the amulet market near Wat Prakaew, many of course finding there way onto ebay and other less reputable websites.