These are old handpainted Cow saving jars. In old times you could find them in grocery stores, banks, temples, newspapers stands, anywhere where you would likely come on a daily base. Where there would be a quick exchange of goods and money and the little leftover money could be donated to a good cause.
Red represents the colour of money in India. A cow is linked to Nandi, protector of Shiva so to the gods. Of course, a cow also means a mother who is taking care of her calf.
Cows roam around freely through the streets everywhere in India. People pet them and feed them early morning fresh grass and feel blessed by doing this. In the dry hot season grass and water is not readily available and with the money from the donation boxes, there are people appointed to taking care of the cows in the streets.
Such practices are disappearing as well in India and nowadays you would not find such saving jars anymore. We would normally be lucky to be able to buy 10 pcs on a buying trip. This time we found a person who had a big collection for sale from all districts in Rajasthan. Hence all the different colours and sizes.
We needed not to think about such an opportunity and bought the lot.
Now we have a chance to offer them to you. Hopefully teaching your children (or yourself) to save for a rainy day!
Every box is unique so will be different in colour, size and shape!