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Phra Mahesuan (พระมเหศวร)

Thai. Name of a Buddhist amulet that is part of the five Phra Yod Khunphon. It originates from Wat Phra Sri Rattanamahathat in Suphanburi, and dates back to the U-Thong Dynasty, i.e. the beginning of the Ayutthaya Period. It is cast in iron and depicts a Buddha image seated in the half lotus position on the naga, a position known as pahng nahg prok, while performing the maravijaya mudra, i.e. the pose in which the Buddha's right hand touches the earth (fig.). The outline of the amulet is rather hourglass-shaped (fig.). See also POSTAGE STAMPS.