Name: Phra Benjapakee Phra Somdej Wat Keat Chai Yoh Pim Hok Chan Oak Tarn
(Benjapakee Series ; Wat Keat Chai Yoh ; 6 Tiered Variant)
Blessed by: Somdej Phra Phuttajahn Toh
Temple: Wat Keat Chai Yoh, Ang Thong (Wat Chai Yoh Worawihan)
Year: Approx. 2409 B.E. ( 1866 A.D. )
Material made: Made of a mixture of ancient holy powders and materials
EXCELLENT AND BEAUTIFUL CONDITION!
TOP TIERED AMULET IN THE ENTIRE THAI AMULETS INDUSTRY!
ONE OF THE TOP 3 VARIANTS OF THE ENTIRE BENJAKEE CATEGORY FOR WAT KEAT CHAI YOH!
What you see here is the absolute Pinnacle of the entire Thai Amulet Industry.
Known as Phra Benjapakee and it is the category of TOP TIERED AMULETS recognized by experts and collectors all over the world!
The word “Benjapakee” is broken down into two words. The word “Benja” is translated into the “number 5” and “Pakee” is translated to “set/group”. Together, it means “a set/group of five amulets”.
The 5 different amulets found within the Phra Benjapakee Category are:
1. Phra Somdej – Which has 3 different temples that were recognized:
– Wat Rakang Kositaram, Bangkok
– Wat Mai Amateros Bangkhunphrom, Bangkok
– Wat Keat Chai Yoh, Ang Thong
2. Phra Phong Suphan, Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathart, Suphanburi
3. Phra Soom Kor, Wat Phra Boromathart, Kamphaeng Phet
4. Phra Nang Phaya, Wat Nang Phaya, Phitsanulok
5. Phra Rod, Wat Mahawan, Lampoon
This magnificent piece featured here is ONE OF THE 3 TOP TIERED PHRA SOMDEJ AMULETS in the entire Thai Amulet Industry and they were all blessed by Somdej Phra Phuttajahn Toh, the creator of the Phra Somdej amulet.
Somdej Phra Phuttajahn Toh (2331 B.E. – 2415 B.E.), known formally as Somdej Phra Buddhacarya (Toh Brahmaramsi – สมเด็จพระพุฒาจารย์ (โต พฺรหฺมรํสี)), was one of the most famous Buddhist monks in the entire history of Thailand and continues to be the most widely known monk in Thailand. He is widely revered in Thailand as a monk who is said that he possessed magical powers and his amulets are widely sought after. His images and statues are some of the most widespread religious icons in Bangkok.
Somdej Toh was born in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province. He studied the Buddhist scriptures of the Pāli Canon with several Buddhist masters. After becoming a well-known monk, he became the preceptor for Prince Mongkut, later King Rama IV, when Mongkut became a monk. During Rama IV’s reign Somdet To was given the ceremonial name Somdet Phra Buddhacarya (Toh Brahmaramsi – meaning Teacher (Acharya) of Buddhism) by the King and used to be one of his trusted advisers, having left a lot of teaching stories around him and the King.
He was noted for the skill of his preaching and his use of Thai poetry to reflect the beauty of Buddhism, and for making amulets called Somdej.
Out of the entire Wat Keat Chai Yoh Phra Somdej amulets, only 3 variants were recognized to be blessed by Somdej Phra Phuttajahn Toh:
1. Phra Somdej Pim Jaet Chan Niyom (7 Tiered, Popular Variant)
2. Phra Somdej Pim Hok Chan Oak Tarn (6 Tiered, Firm Chest Variant)
3. Phra Somdej Pim Hok Chan Oak Talod (6 Tiered, Continuous Chest Variant)
This featured piece is known as “Phra Somdej Pim Hok Chan Oak Tarn”.
The condition is nothing short of spectacular! Beautifully preserved despite having a history of more than 150 years old!
Most Phra Somdej in the Benjapakee Category are broken due the age and fragility of the powder amulets, and most pieces are broken into many different pieces, upwards of 5 broken pieces and are restored and patched back together.
Complete and unrepaired pieces can easily fetch a market value of upwards of more than SGD$100,000 (approx. 2,400,000 baht) which is, for a lack of better phrase, out of reach for most collectors in the world.
This particular piece is a restored piece, and unlike most pieces encountered in the market, it is restored from two very clean pieces.. Making it a very rare encounter and something highly sought after by collectors.
Beautifully restored by a highly skilled and sought after artisan that is extremely well known in the industry for his impeccable workmanship when it comes to restoring Phra Somdej amulets from Wat Rakang, Bangkhunphrom and Wat Keat Chai Yoh!
A superb and worthy contender at any major competitions! Highly, highly collectible! As we have explained earlier, this is the PINNACLE of the entire Thai Amulet Industry!
INCLUSIVE OF A CUSTOM MADE SOLID GOLD OPEN/CLOSE CASING WEIGHING MORE THAN 40 GRAMS!
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