In Thailand, Thais believe lighting candles (as in the West the lighting of votive candles) is a way of demonstrating respect to the loved one who has passed. The hand-painted design is intricately decorative and is a luxury item, not only an addition to the urn but as an accessory, which looks attractive on its own.
This royal barge shaped candle holder has 5 slots for small candles. The Suphanahong barge is used in processions by the King on his royal barge. This barge is most impressive and ornately decorated with magnificently carved prows. It was built in 1911 to resemble the mythical swan. The 46-meter craft was hewn from a single tree and is covered with intricate gilt carvings and colorful pieces of glass, forming an eye-catching mosaic. It is not an easy task to get this vessel moving to require 54 oarsmen who paddle in time to the rhythmic beat of a drummer following a melodic chant called a “BotHehRua”. Today the royal barge is limited to use in state ceremonies and celebrations.
KarnYang design is a traditional Thai heritage pattern of the trellis and crossed stalk design which was in effect influenced from the PhumKaoBin pattern which resembles motifs of ears of paddy and tropical leaves but KarnYang is adapted lines to be more angular in shape. The design itself creates part of a trellis together with curved lines, then it is suitable for those looking for a delicate pattern, which has been in use since King Rama II’s reign (1809-1824). The various colors are of a much gentler light green and/or soft pink background making the design attractive and unique. This KarnYang design is implied in the exuberant life.