This is a beautiful image of the Buddha from Thailand. This particular style is called "Somdej", and it comes in several varieties, being produced by monks in numerous temples throughout the country. This is the Wat Rakang version, the most famous of the Somdej images. It is one of the most popular amulets in Thailand. It is believed to bring peace and prosperity to the wearer.
This particular image shows the Buddha with long curved ears and a thin body, sitting atop a 3 layered throne. The layers signify evolving changes and instability, sufferings and the state of emptiness. It is handmade from terracotta mixed with dried herbs and hemp, and is housed in a stainless protective housing with a transparent plastic front to allow viewing. Amulet is approx. 1-1/2" tall and 1" wide.
We handcarried this particular batch of amulets to the famous Wat Soi Suthep temple in Chiang Mai, where they were blessed by the monk in attendance in the shrine.
The Somdej Buddha images are so respected in Thailand that the government recently released a series of postage stamps honoring 5 different Buddha amulets - one of which was the Wat Rakang Somdej.
About Thai Buddha Amulets:
The Thai people practice Theravada Buddhism, and surround themselves with images of the Buddha to remind themselves of the spirituality they strive to attain.
Most Thai Buddhist amulets are terracotta tablets such as this one, although they are also made from bronze, wood and gold. Some amulets even contain the ashes of famous monks who have been cremated.
The value of a particular amulet depends on many factors: the age of the amulet, the fame of the monk who created it, whether that amulet has been worn by the King or used in battle, and a host of other factors.
It is Thai tradition that holy amulets should be worn around the neck, never carried in the pocket, and never placed near or lower than the feet, considered the lowest and uncleanest part of the body. Please respect this tradition, and enjoy this sacred Buddha image.
Please note: All amulets we sell were created within the last 10 years. There are many sellers who will try to convince you that they are selling an "old", "vintage", "antique" or "original" amulet for $20, $50 or $100. They are frauds. The Thais are extremely serious about their amulets, and original ancient amulets sell for thousands of US dollars in Thailand. I have an old original 100+ year old Soumkhor terracotta amulet which was passed down through my wife's family in north Thailand that is valued at over $25,000.00 - and my father-in-law turned down an offer of that much to pass it on to me. Don't be fooled into believing you are buying a true antique Thai amulet on the Internet for $50 - it's simply not going to happen.
Since these are handmade, each one is slightly different, but the monks are careful to make them all essentially the same.As always - money back guarantee if not delighted!