The origin of the word 'kamcheng' is uncertain. It has been interpreted variously as a Hokkien term for 'covered jar' or more literally, 'covered teacup'. In Mandarin, the term translates into 'gai zhong' (盖重, 'covered soup measure'). Kamchengs are typically decorated with designs of symbolic motifs, including the phoenix and peony, as well as decorative bands with the auspicious Eight Buddhist Emblems (around the rim of the cover), and lotus petal panels (around the foot of the jar). These distinctive jars come with domed covers, the larger of which, are crowned with a Buddhist lion-dog, while the smaller ones, like this example, have a finial in the form of a peach.The kamcheng has various functions and was made in a wide variety of sizes and colours. In general, it was used for storing drinking water, soups, desserts, and pickles for special occasions. The miniature versions were used as cosmetic containers while the largest ones were reportedly used as decorative status symbols for wealthy families.