Most of the temples, using of wood doesn’t hold much importance than the artistic touch it possesses. The intricate and artistic carvings in the pillars, brackets, struts, beam frames of the peristyles, window and door frames with the Hindu deities and religious motifs prove this statement. This handmade Asthamangala Kalasa has unique designs of wood carvings that help to show the culture and tradition of a country.
But nowadays, woodcraft not only just limited to the beams of temples and palaces. The artisans carve the figure of Buddha, the elements of Buddhism, windows, doors, statues of different Hindu gods and goddesses, tables, artistic clocks and the articles of day to day use. There are three types of craftsmen in the Nepali woodcraft tradition. However, The Designers, The Woodcarvers, Traditionally from the Silpakar family and the carpenters, commonly called sikarmi. But the tradition has also slowly changed as different castes are coming ahead to perform this work.
The designer and woodcarver are often the same people. The wood carving organization, so far, kept as a family business, the ideas transferred to sons from the father. The work of woodcarvers is terming as broad specialization. It belongs to the knowledge concerning iconography and the religious significance of decoration.
The vase has a short, slim neck which is a fat-bellied vessel. The top opening is formed by a turned-down, broad and decorated rim. The base of the vase is a round stand and is also decorated. On top, at the opening of the vase, there is a large jewel. The large jewel specifies that it is a treasure vase. The special form of the treasure vase seen in Asthamangala is a sign of the fulfillment of spiritual and material wishes. It also associated with particular goddesses. That connects with wealth, such as Kubera and Kangwa Sangpo, one of the companions of Vaishravana.