A very famous pim, easily identified and much sought after by collectors.

Luang Phor An the former abbot of Wat Prayatikaram, Ayudhaya Province, was without doubt the most distinguished devotee of Luang Phor Glaan, the sacred abbot of the temple, famous for his sacred sciences and amulets. Whilst Luang Por klaan was still alive, he would always appoint Luang Phor An to oversee the production of the amulets and after the amulets, which were finally blessed by Luang Phor Klaan himself.

After Luang Por Klaan had passed away, Luang Por An himself commanded much respect from the people as the natural successor to LP Glaan.

He created many amulets, having learnt the art from LP Klaan. Probably his most famous of all was his Phra Khun Paen Klurb, the amulet featured here. It is said that many high ranking officials sought his amulets due to the unique power to attract women.

One account given by a senior military official tells how he hung the amulet for the very first time, and was immediately followed by a beautiful girl to his hotel room

LP An made this Khun Paen by mixing the ground broken antique Khun Paen amulets of Wat Yai Chaimongkhon. One of the reasons that this amulet is so popular as it is as efficacious as the original antique one.   Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon was one of the most famous and prosperous temples during Ayudhaya dynasty, but was burnt and destroyed by Burmese soldiers around B.E.2310.

There were several Pims (styles) of Phra khunpan amulets that Luang Por An obtained from Wat Yai Chai Mongkol:

1.Pim Kaen On, amulets with an image of a bowed-arm Buddha to the front.

2.Pim 5 Rium Ok Yai, amulets with an image of a wide-breasted Buddha to the front with a frame shaped as a pentagon.

3.Pim Pra Somdej, amulets with an image of Lord Buddha sitting on a high base.

4.Pim Pra Nang Phaya, amulets in the style of Pra Nang Phaya, the design of which originated some 1,000 years ago.
Other sacred materials from many other temples were also incorporated into the sacred mix, including powders from Wat Takrai, Wat Bangnomko, wat Kooslot etc.
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After all amulets were taken from the moulds they were blessed at a number of sacred ceremonies by the three sacred monks:

1. Three-month sacred-spell ceremony by Luang Por An himself

2. Three-day –three- night sacred-spell ceremony by Luang Por Jong of Wat Natangnok.

3.  Three-day –three- night sacred-spell ceremony by Luang Poo Si of Wat Sakae.

After the blessing ceremonies were completed, half of the amulets were placed in Jedis at Wat Phra Yatigaram, Ayuthaya, and Wat Rajburana(Wat Lieb), Bangkok. The other half were distributed to devotees who donated to help restore the two temples. He was actually requested to make these amulets by Luang Phor Chalerm, later to be appointed abbot of Wat Yaitikaram and Luang Phor Niyom, Wat Rajburana.

Apart from this  series of Pra Khun Paen Klurb amulets, Luang Por An also created many other series of sacred amulets

LP Aant passed away in B.E.2512 at the age of 80.  

Wat Ban Krang, located in Ban Krang Subdistrict, Si Prachan District, Suphan Buri Province, is situated on the west bank of the Suphan River (Tha Chin River). This ancient temple, believed to be around 400 years old, was built during the Ayutthaya period. It is renowned for the discovery of Phra Khun Phaen Ban Krang amulets.

Phra Khun Phaen from Wat Ban Krang is made of Ayutthaya-style baked clay. It is believed that after the royal battle between King Naresuan the Great and the Crown Prince of Burma, the returning army camped along the banks of the Suphan River. King Naresuan ordered the soldiers to create 84,000 amulets, which were then enshrined in Wat Ban Krang to dedicate merit to the soldiers who had died in battle.
It is also home to the legend of the great warrior Khun Paen, thought to have originated in the period BE 2034-2072, during the reign oif King Rama Dhibodii II. This is the reason that a sacred amulet first discovered at Wat Bang Krang, which was to become one of the most popular pims in Thailand, was given the name Phra Khun Paen.

Phra Kru Wat Ban Krang amulets were discovered around BE 2447 from a stupa behind the old vihara in Wat Ban Krang. It is said that when the amulets were newly unearthed, the monks and villagers placed the numerous amulets of various types under a large Bodhi tree near the vihara.

It was recorded there were a total of 20 different variants, mostly distinguished by facial features, for example;

Pim Na Yak(giant face)

Pim Na Devada (fairy face) with single roof

Pim Na Devada(fairy face) with double roof

Pim Sian Tor(big head Buddha Image)

Pim Na Gae(old face)

Pim Na Russi(ascetic)

Pim Na Noom(young face)

Pim Na Yao(long face)

Pim Na Yao Sam Kid (long face with three lines)

Pim Na Klom( round face)

Pim Kao Soong(high knee)

Pim Ok Krut (Garuda breast)

Pim Ok Lek (Small Chest)

Pim Na Mongkol Yai ( auspicious face) (big size)

Pim Na Mongkol Klang ( auspicious face) (medium size)

Pim Na Mongkol Lek ( auspicious face) (small size)

Pim Song Pang (two-style Buddha Images)

Regarding the Phra Khun Phaen amulets of the Samathi or Pim Yai from the Ban Krang Temple in Si Prachan, Suphan Buri Province, these are baked clay amulets characterized by a rough interior with a considerable amount of sand. They are one of several styles from the Ban Krang Temple, featuring the craftsmanship of the Ayutthaya period, and were created no more than 700 years ago.

The Phra Khun Phaen amulets of the Large Figure type are housed within a bell-shaped arch, depicting the Buddha in a meditation posture, exuding grace and majesty. They are considered “the ultimate warrior amulets” and are among the most valuable from the Ban Krang Temple. In these amulets, the Buddha’s head does not touch the arch. The hair curls in a crescent moon shape, the nose is broad and thick, the mouth is curved and prominent, and the eyes are round. The robe (Sanghati) has a forked end resembling a swallow’s tail. The Buddha’s wide lap shows the edges of the robe, with two lines at the knees and ankles.

The distinctive feature of the Phra Khun Phaen coating at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon is the lacquer coating, which is applied only to the front side. The color tends to be in shades of brown because it is only applied to the front. The coating is created from a mixture of white clay and lime..

There are two main pims: Pim Ok Yai and Pim Kaen both inside a glass enclosure, the buddha image sitting in the Maravichi posture exhibiting qualities of compassion, mercy, and greatness, known as “Krop Jakrawan”. Additionally, other sacred images, such as the red-copper Phra Khun Phaen Shin Thakrawan and Khun Paen Bai Phutsa in both clay and metal.

This amulet is often classified as the prototype to todays modern Khun Paen pims, this amulet is over 300 years old and was consecrated during the reign of King Narusuan the Great

It is believed that the Phra Khun Phaen coating was created by Phra Phanarat, a teacher of King Naresuan the Great, and was enshrined in the main stupa during the occasion when King Naresuan the Great challenged and defeated the Burmese forces. He then built the Great Pagoda as a memorial at Wat Pa Kaeo, which is now Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon.

The Phra Khun Phaen coating is not only found at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon but also in various other temples. However, they do not have the same lacquer coating but share the same mold as Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon. In 2506, at Wat Chong Tha in Nonthaburi province, similar molds were found, but the lacquer was clearer and less intense compared to those at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon.

khun Paen Wat Chai Mongkhon

Clandestine excavation of the temple for artifacts in the year BE 2478 resulted in The Fine Arts Department declaring Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon as a national historical site, and in 2499, Phra Khru Phawanarangsi (Phra Rong Chaiyan) took charge of the restoration of the pagoda. Monks also began to reside and observe the rains retreat (Phansa).

In 2500, Phra Khru Phawan requested cooperation from the Fine Arts Department to conduct further excavation. Golden Buddha images were found beneath the central base of the pagoda along with evidence that treasure hunters were still actively pilfering sacred artifacts. Eventually, a joint resolution with the Fine Arts Department was made to cease all excavations and fill the holes with concrete reinforced with steel to prevent further clandestine excavations.

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During the Ayutthaya period, this temple was built during the early reign of King Ramathibodi I, also known as King U-Thong, the founder of Ayutthaya. Legend has it that in the year 1900 of the Buddhist calendar, King U-Thong graciously ordered the excavation and cremation of the bodies of Lord Kaew and Lord Thai, who died of an incurable disease. He then ordered the establishment of a monastery named Wat Pa Kaew (Pa Kaew Forest Monastery). Subsequently, a group of monks from Sri Lanka, who had completed their studies at Ratanamahathat Monastery in Sri Lanka, came to be greatly revered by the people of Ayutthaya.

This led to an influx of people coming to ordain and study at the monastery, leading King U-Thong to establish a new sect called the Nikaya Sangha and appoint a Sangharaja (ecclesiastical head) for this sect, named Sangharaja Phra Wannarat. He held the position of the Sangha’s right-hand preceptor alongside the Sangharaja Phra Phutthakosajarn, who held the position of the Sangha’s left-hand preceptor. Later, he became the teacher of the monks of Wat Pa Kaew Monastery, and because of this, the monastery came to be known as Wat Chao Phraya Thai Nikaya Pa Kaew.

The Victory Pagoda, a monument of glorious triumph, was erected to commemorate the victory of His Majesty King Ramathibodi over the Mon Kingdom of Myanmar. It is believed that the construction of the Chai Mongkol Pagoda was inspired by this historic event.

During that time, the Mon forces invaded the borders of Thong Seema, Nong Sarai Subdistrict, Suphanburi Province. His Majesty King Ramathibodi and His Majesty the Crown Prince, who was a sage prince, led the army to confront the enemy. They fought valiantly, with His Majesty even mounting an elephant and entering the fray surrounded by a group of soldiers, shooting guns and arrows at the enemy. The enemy soldiers, who were unable to keep up with His Majesty’s pace, were defeated. His Majesty then declared loudly that he would stand under the shade of a tree to await the enemy’s challenge to battle. He declared that henceforth, no king would have the right to challenge him to battle. Subsequently, the Mon King emerged on an elephant to challenge His Majesty to battle. In the ensuing battle, His Majesty King Ramathibodi used his divine light to defeat and drive off the Mon King.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon is located in Tambon Khlong Suan Phlu, Amphoe Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province. The highlights of the temple include the newly renovated grand pagoda and the interior containing the sacred image of Phra Phuttachai Mongkhon. The principal image is a sacred symbol of the temple and is a significant tourist attraction in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province.

The sacred katha for this Khun Paen “Namo, Moha, Lo.”  used for protection from supernatural powers