Photographer’s Note: “Burial Urn, buddhist figures (sic), for the ones of a man and wife”
Note the mandala-circle in the bottom section of the burial urn which symbolizes eternal balance of the cosmos. There are various Indian influences on this urn, like lotuses--a typical visualization of soul expansion-- and an Indian shrine doorway-- often a symbol of transitive space between two opposite states of being, like life and death. The Chinese influences in the symbology of a dragon coiled along the urn represents power and strength.
(Labelled by Nirupama Chandrasekhar, Cowell ‘20)
Charles Eugene Gail, “Okinawan Burial Urn,” The Gail Project, accessed September 23, 2018, https://gailproject.ucsc.edu/items/show/23.