The picture above shows a symbol of a buddha. From this, I can infer that the people of that time respected their religion a lot. I say this as the description states, "The design reflects the popularity of Buddhism in that region". To carve something on to the face of a bowl, something one would use in his every meal, would mean that that person holds great respect for the Buddha. Thus, I can infer that the people of that time respected buddhism a lot.