The traditional method of authentication and appraisal of ancient Buddha amulets is largely based on visual observation techniques. A typical amulet appraiser usually conducts an appraisal by first carefully observing with his/her own eyes or a hand-held magnifier the color, mold lines and the surface and appearance of the Buddha amulets, and then making his/her own judgement based on relevant experience and rules. Such method mostly relies on the subjective judgments by the appraisers and contains few scientifically-proved techniques. As a result, there are numerous self-claimed antique authentication and appraisal groups and teams currently on the market, leaving the antique collector with too many options without knowing which one to trust.
The appraisal team of SenHuang Antique Authentication Center, after years of relevant sample collection and establishment of its database, have now developed a new method for the authentication and appraisal of ancient Buddha amulets, featuring largely the identification of elements complemented by the electron microscopic observations. The use of elemental analyzers allows us to discover all the elements composing an ancient Buddha amulet, which is a field that other current antique imitators have never attempted to experiment with. However, the XRF technology has long been used in the field of professional archaeology and has long been a reliable analytical method widely recognized by the experts in this field.
During the ongoing process of establishing its own authentication database, SenHuang has surprisingly discovered that many legends of ancient Buddha amulets do maintain a certain degree of authenticity.
For example, legend goes that “Phra Somdej Wat Rakang”, the legendary Thai Buddha amulet of Somdej Toh, contains banana used as the adhesive, but ordinary collectors can neither smell the scent of banana nor see any banana grains after its one hundred years of existence. Therefore, it is yet to be confirmed whether the amulet contains banana. However, after conducting the cross-comparison of the results from different laboratories and lab instrument companies, we have surprisingly found that the residual elements of banana can be detected in the authentic Phra Somdej Wat Rakang. Although most of the water-soluble elements have dried out or have been lost, and most of the components left inside the amulet are minerals or carbohydrates, the relevant components of banana are still detectable since the precision of our detector can reach 0.01% (1/10000). Such discovery is able to indirectly authenticate the legend of using banana as an adhesive in the amulet, which is an exciting news for our own research team.
In fact, many high-ranking wealthy collectors have long been using various sophisticated scientific instruments to authenticate and appraise their own collections for years. However, since the costs of these instruments are incredibly high, the use of these instruments cannot be popularized among the general public. Through the cooperation with various laboratories, SenHuang Antique Authentication Center has drastically reduced the authentication and appraisal fees, so that all collectors can truly enjoy the top-class authentication and appraisal services provided at affordable costs.
For a public authentication and appraisal center, there must be a variety of different interests involved in its related business, so there are some fundamental moral beliefs our center should always stick to. In the past, the authentication and appraisal business related to ancient Buddha amulets was often dominated by those self-claimed appraisers who were also antique traffickers as well as organizers of events and even further organized their own factions to monopolize the trading market, which was a serious violation of the legal ethics in the field of international authentication and appraisal business. Therefore, SenHuang Antique Authentication Center will always stick to its moral ethics and abide by relevant laws and regulations, remain obligated to perform and provide the authentication and appraisal services only, and will never sell or traffic any related ancient antiques and artifacts. SenHuang Antique Authentication Center is constantly making efforts to separate the authentication and appraisal business from the trade and transactions, and is dedicated to creating and maintaining a sound antique collection market.
In the field of collection of ancient antiques and artifacts, what seems to trouble all the collectors most is how to tell whether an antique is “real or fake”. Only through the use of the universally recognized authentication and appraisal technologies can this problem be solved permanently. When a piece of a collection is confirmed to be authentic thorough a series of rigorous testing, its own value is bound to increase. Through our own authentication and appraisal technology, we dedicate ourselves to helping collectors to clear up their doubts, helping increase the value of their collections, and thus bringing more joy and fun to the filed of antique collection. This is also the aim and purpose of the establishment of SenHuang Antique Authentication Center from the very beginning.