This jar/ urn is shaped like a strong barrel, which has a very deep and high rim that can hold extra capacity on each size which implies wishes of the fostering and sustaining with the exuberant life. The side of the jar is either gently curved or straight and rises upwards from a base that is narrower than the mouth. Although this shape has a short base, the outside of the jar is usually painted with a high base look which implies to the glorification and compliment.
In the past, this jar was often used to contain betel nuts and leaves in small sizes and the larger can be used for preserving food.
After the late 19th century when the popularity of betel chewing decreased, the practical use of these jars declined and it became more of a collector’s item and a status symbol. Today this exquisite jar/ urn is used for important occasions, such as cremations when a loved one has passed.
The 12 inches or smaller size can be used for adult or child & infant urn and the 14 inches or larger size can be used for companion urn.
Elephants design is the freehand drawing with colorful technique from the proficient and gifted artists. Historically, Thai elephants are considered to be very important culturally. There are many elephant references in artworks, literature, and national emblems. Since Thailand is a majority Buddhist country, elephants are portrayed as sacred animals from their special symbolism in the practice of Buddhism. Many artworks in Royal Palaces and temples have drawings/paintings of elephants on their walls. In 1917, Thailand's official flag was a white elephant in the middle of a scarlet background. White elephants in Thai society also represent wealth, power, and long life because of their past association with Royalty. In Thailand, there are animal and planetary zodiac signs. The elephant is the fourth in the animal zodiac.
Asian elephants share a close relationship with Thais, from being used by warriors on battlefields, worshiped as religious icons, and faithful laborers. Today they still hold a large amount of cultural significance in Thailand and are a large part of the locals’ livelihood.