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.
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.