3 These plants and animals are simplified. They have been made DECORATIVE and not so REALISTIC, in the style of Art Nouveau. So the Hungarians were trying to be "modern."
But the MOTIF of plants and animals on the vase was drawn from the Hungarian past, from folk art. This is a funny mix of the present and the past; it signals to me that the Hungarians didn't want to lose something that expressed their national identity.

Another clue is the fortress pictured on the side of the vase that may recall the church towers of the town of Pecs, a town famous in Hungarian history