Phra Kru Wat Tai Talad, Phim Phra Pidta Samadhi Nang Rap



Phra Kru Wat Tai Talad, Phim Pidta Samadhi Nang Rap

Amulets from Wat Tai Talad were consecrated by Somdej Phra Buddhakosacharn Khun estimated around the year B.E.2362, which was in the reign of King Rama III. It was written that the materials used to make the amulets consist of clay from sacred places like the Buddha's birth place, place of enlightenment, when the first sermon was preached and place of his Parinibbana, etc. The amulets also consist of holy dried plants of herbs and burnt palm leaves. Phra Kru Wat Tai Talad amulets are categorised among the top popular powder amulets of Thailand.

The amulets appearance will vary significantly from pieces to pieces as some are greyish black in colour while others may look whitish as a result of the amulets being placed on different levels in the Chedi. They are also differentiated into Kru Gau (old pagoda) & Kru Mai (new pagoda), of which there are different price values although nowadays the condition and appearance will determine the value regardless of which Kru they are from. There are more than 50 different phims found in these pagodas.

Phra Kru Wat Tai Talad were differentiated into 4 different Kru and they are classified as such:

1) The main Kru Wat Tai Talad was broken in B.E.2480 and is separated into Kru Gau (old pagoda) and Kru Mai (new pagoda) although both are actually referring to the same pagoda. The pagoda was excavated in different periods with those known as Kru Mai being excavated at a later date. The Wat Tai Talad amulets that were found in both these Kru are classified as Yod Niyom (highly popular) among all the Phra Kru Wat Tai Talad amulets.
2) Kru Wat Nang Chee which was broken in B.E.2493.
3) Kru Wat Tah Lom was broken after B.E.2500 and has more diversified amulets than the 3 other Kru.

Most of the Wat Tai Talad amulets were found in these 4 different Kru and were named after the 1st broken Kru of Wat Tai Talad as the history of the consecration can be traced there with records that were officially recognised.

The piece shown above is known as Phim Pidta Samadhi Nang Rap that is categorised in the Yod Niyom Phra Pidta (most popular Phra Pidta) category. There are 4 known styles of Phra Pidta Kru Wat Tai Talad:

1. Phim Pidta Samadhi Kad Petch (crossed-legs style)
2. Phim Pidta Samadhi Nang Rap (straight-legs style)
3. Phim Pidta Nang Yong (squatting style)
4. Phim Pidta Yant Thor (Yant Thor in front)

Phim Samadhi Kad Petch and Phim Samadhi Nang Rap are the more commonly seen styles of Phra Pidta Kru Wat Tai Talad, followed by Phim Nang Yong being less common and Phim Yant Thor being the rarest.

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