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.
Thai traditional figures design is freehand drawing the stories of cultural festivals and the Thai way of life with colorful techniques from the proficient and gifted artists. The exotic festivals, e.g. SongKarn (Thai New Year and water festival); LoiKraThong (Festival of lighted candles and fireworks is held on the full moon in November for offerings to the god and are launched on candlelit floats.); Rocket festival “BoonBangFai” is a festival for farmers’ blessings for plentiful rain for the forthcoming rice-planting season. It occurs by way of launching rockets into the sky; Candle ceremonies festival (The Buddhist Lent covers a good part of the rainy season in 3 months so monks resolve to just stay in the temple. The celebration of the beginning of Buddhist Lent is marked by the ceremony of offering crafted and decorated candles to the monks.)