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.
PhumKaoBin design is a traditional unique Thai of geometric repetitive trellis or lattice patterns resembles motifs of ears of paddy and tropical leaves in angular gold lines which are quite similar to the pattern on textiles. This pattern is over 150 years old and was originally reserved for the Royal Court, so it is very much a Thai emblem and popular amongst Thais because it is skillfully reproduced by artisans who paint the pattern correctly and delicately according to Thai art.
This pattern is influenced from “Paddy” which is regarded as an economical plant and, was for a long time, a staple food of Thailand. It is one that is used in religious ceremonies which means exuberant life. The paddies are gathered up by hand to form a high bush which gives its unique shape. It gained popularity and to this very day is used in all forms of Thai art, architecture, sculpture, and painting.