|somdej toh shrine necklace & earrings set (eastern travels collection 2007)
description:the centerpiece of this necklace is a very old 24K gilded clay buddha amulet, which was created & blessed by the monastery of a famous thai buddhist monk named somdej put-ta-jhan toh (1788-1872), who was the abbot of the \"wat ra-kang ko-si-ram\" temple in 18th century bangkok.
the necklace's clay tablet is 3.75\" L & has been painted with a patina of reddish lacquer & votive 24K gold leaf; surrounding the pendant are sterling silver, gold-plated, & brass beads & tiger\'s eye; the piece is finished with a gold-plated clasp. the earrings are made of sterling silver & brass beads, which hang from 14K gold-filled earwires.
as a child, the famous monk was so small that his parents named him “toh” -- which means “large” –- to encourage him to be strong & successful. this moniker became a self-fulfilling prophecy, as “monk toh” was probably the most famous & widely loved monk in 19th century thailand. many people, including thailand’s king, rama, paid their highest respects to him.
in thailand, each "phra somdej," or "venerable monk," & their affiliated monastery, has their own distinct style(s) of amulets. monk toh became famous for his amulets, which, due to his meditative prowess, were reputed to be very powerful. in fact, to this day, monk toh’s amulets are recognized as the best of all thai amulets, due in as much to their fine craftsmanship as to their association with numerous miraculous events.
also known as a votive tablet, the buddha amulet is worn as a talisman to bring good luck, success, & respect to its owner, as well as protection in business affairs. buddhist votive tablets began as sacred mementos of visits to holy places, but over time, transformed into something greater, acquiring, in the minds of believers, the ability to protect. the collection of thai amulets is a significant activity, with the rarest items changing hands for more than a million baht (thai currency), or around $27,222 US dollars.
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