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.
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.