Thursday, December 21, 2017

Some Teaching of Somdej Wat Ket Chai Yoh from Youtube

Sharing recent teaching learned from youtube. For convenience of collectors that don't understand Thai.

Notes taken purely for sharing purpose. Although I agree with most of the points. But authenticating a somdej is not as simple as that. Also different mold/pim has slightly different characteristic. You really have to see and touch many many real pieces before you got a hang of it. Looking at all the marks, signs are just 1 aspect of it. You still have to look at the materials, aging factors etc. It is really an art. :) After you own one piece, you will want another piece. Price is high, but is all worth it. Don't believe me, ask those that own a real piece.

In summary:

Stories behind the name of the temple
-        Ket comes from the nickname of the temple master
-        After that the name was changed to Chai Yo
-        Then combined to Ket Chai Yo
King Rama the 5th era renamed the temple with the full name.
Som Dej Wat Ket Chai Yo: How to see whether it is authentic:
1.     The right corner of the frame, it has to make a sharp 90 degree angle, but the left corner does not.
2.     A slight depression area at the corner
3.     Looking sideway, not all the  surface is flat or on the same level
4.     The ears are higher than the face. The shapes of the ears at the two sides are not the same, the right is straighter while the left is curvier
5.     The face has to be round like a ball
6.     The shoulders are very pointy- called Intanu. The right shoulder is slightly higher than the left shoulder.
7.     The arm shapes how it bends, the right arm goes smoothly- only 3 break points. The fake ones are smooth without any break points
8.     The breast looks almost like an elephants head/ a teeth
9.     The base lines:
a.     Second base looks like a boat
b.     5th & 6th base, the line is not flat throughout like the fake ones. Deeper at the side and gentler in the middles.
10.  Sloping from high to low- deepest in the middle area
11.  Below the frame, there is a thin outline
12.  At the arch frame, not flat throughout, more depression in the middle
13.  Looking sideway, the frame surface are not flat, tapers down at the edge

14.  Made from a very thin mold. As such, the surface does not have very deep pressed lines.

Some Observation after leaving amulets Collection for a while

Been inactive for a while like 7-8 months due to my work commitment and other changes in my life..Didn't blog at all and today, came back to Singapore and caught up with friends and collectors..

Thai amulet market seems bearish for a while..especially for LPT prices. it is pretty good to see some real deal going on now. Great time to invest in one if you have not own a 2497, 2505 or other Ajarn Tim LPT.

On the other hand, i am happy to see that LP Moon , Wat Baan Jaan is gaining traction in Thai and Singapore alike. Last time, 10 pieces of amulets in market, i see many LP Toh or LP Tim amulet. Now out of 10, i can see 1-2  amulets from LP Moon. Not many Pu Tim or Pu Toh pieces. It is getting really popular and the price has also skyrocketed. I started LP Moon few years back when Singapore is not so popular yet. I recommended to my friends and blog readers Pidta Ruay Thun zai. And that it has positive effect on my career and wealth. This recommendation still hold till now. Just that, now the price has gone up so much, it is no longer affordable for many novice collectors.  Everything made in year 2543, Roop loh, rein, pidta all at very high price especially nur lek num phi. If you happen to have 1, keep it. You are lucky!

Do share you experience if you own a LP Moon amulet.