CULTURE: Narino ORIGIN: Ecuador / high Andes plain near the border of Colombia AGE: Ca. 850 - 1500 A.D. DESCRIPTION: A large polychrome pedestal footed bowl measuring 8 1/4” in diameter by 3 1/2" in height. The negative design colors are black, cream, cinnamon brown, and a pale gold/yellow. The bowl is divided into four quadrants. Two opposing designs are defined by upside down triangles outlined by a wide white line. The other two elements have upside down stepped triangles, an odd “z-like” design in the center outlined by brown lines, and a double triangle element in the center...one comprised of a wide white line and the other is dark brown. The exterior of the bowl is decorated with 6 rows made up of three wide white lines. There is a museum marking in the center of the pedestal. Although it is difficult to tell for sure....the bowl may have been professionally reassembled from several large original pieces. The exterior is black with six triangular elements comprised of wide cream colored bands. The bowl exhibits strong colors and fine design work. PROVENANCE: A San Diego, California, family collection.