The shape of this jar/ urn is short, round and fat with a narrow mouth and a flared base for stability, but the outside of the jar is painted with a high base look which implies to the glorification and compliment.
In the past, this jar was often used to contain liqueur, which was also used to store rainwater which was collected out the front of Thai houses. The smaller sized jars contained betel nuts and leaves.
Today, this strong and exquisite jar/ urn has to became the collective item or a status symbol, so it is worth to be used as a cremation urn for the loved ones.
The 8 inches or smaller size can be used for adult or keepsake urn and the 12 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.