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How Varied Urn Styles?

The Distinct Shapes And Sizes

Bencharongware is a unique style of pottery to Thailand which was used exclusively by Royal Officials. There are numerous and varied styles. The smaller of these was used for face powders, perfume oils and cosmetics. Due to the intricate nature of these containers they were proudly displayed in dressing rooms. They were also used as containers for betel leaves, spices and the larger containers were used to store herbal medicines. The reason being that porcelain was believed to contain magical curative powers. The taller/ larger shapes and sizes were used to contain food, water, and cremation ashes.

What Is Each Design Mean?

The Inspried Designs On Bencharong Urns

Not only has Thailand’s art and culture designs received inspiration from nature and the eastern way of life, i.e. from the influence of India and China, but also Thailand has developed her own style of art by always conserving and improving its unique Thai style as we are proudly making and offering the Bencharong urns for the loved ones lost from these exclusive designs collection. Each design has a good meaning symbolic behind it which will be certain to resonate with you.

What is Bencharong Urns?

The History Of Bencharong Urns

Bencharongware is a traditional style/ form of pottery from Thailand which consist of exquisitely hand-painted multi-colored enamels on a white porcelain base which originated from the Ming Dynasty China. The name “Bencharong” is derived from the Pali and Sanskrit words “Bencha” and “Rong”, literally meaning “Five Colors”. In China, the original hand-painted pieces were usually decorated in three colors but in Thailand, Bencharong has up to eight colors, sometimes more as red, yellow, white, black, blue, green with pink, purple, orange and brown have also been incorporated. The reason for this inconsistency meaning is uncertain but it may be that the number five is significant in Buddhism, which also signifies five elements of the nature; wood, fire, earth, metal, water and all of these elements, except metal, are used to making ceramics. Water mixed with earth produces clay and wood ignites making fire to harden clay. The colors are mineral over-glaze on polychromed white porcelain. The process of firing these exceptionally beautiful pieces takes up to 12 hours at a temperature between 750-800°. The finished result is a glass matrix enamel finish that resists fading, staining or scratching.

Who is UniqueUrn?

About Our UniqueUrn

It is a pleasure to introduce our UniqueUrn to you that we have expanded our business to focus on the cremation urn market by open this site for offering something unique and exclusive for your loved ones who has passed. Actually, UniqueUrn is a part of “SiamCeramicHandmade” which was established in 1966 as a family-owned company in Bangkok of Thailand that has provided the exquisitely hand-painted porcelain called Bencharongware*. In 2001, our products were provided to the Mandarin Oriental hotel, Bangkok, and were also presented on their 125th and 130th-anniversary cookbooks. In 2002, we were named and invited to present our business on the Thailand opportunities magazine. We were recommended not only from the tourism authority of Thailand in 2005, but also from the Visa, Master, and JCB company on their shopping guides in many years. In 2008, The Phuket Encounter pocketbook from the Lonely Planet by Adam Skolnick has convinced our gallery too.