Palaut Khrau are rare to find, but Phra Ajarn Toe has just produced some beautiful ones from his temple close to Chiang Mai. This one has been made in copper in two halves, and each has the face of Rahu in fine detail. Palaut Khrau such as this are best worn round the neck rather than on the waist as the sound is gentle, which is of benefit. Some of these get toonoisy and rule your life but there is the same great quality of forewarning with the gentler pieces.
This type of talisman is believed to have originated in the region of Burma and this one has a great sound as well as the correct feeling, which is important. A Palaut Khrau is a ball of metal that has a ball of special metal inside that consists of a mix of gold, mercury, bronze, lead, steel, and many other metals, depending on the maker (Palaut is the Thai name for Mercury). Having held quite a few, the inside ball has to roll around inside the outside sphere, for the feeling to work properly when the devotee is walking or moving. The action of these is very strong, akin to a strong Takrut and take a few days to get used to.
These items are mostly for protection and have an element of forewarning from the sound they make, which I am sure comes sometimes with no movement of the ball. Old ones are often found in the ground of temples or ancient market areas and they are decidedly odd. Few people make these now, and the old ones can be very expensive depending on the sound it makes and the source.
With the added silver strip and ring to make it easy to wear, this measures a nudge over 1.3" and will be sent with the original temple box.
A superb piece of Lanna magic.