CULTURE: Narino ORIGIN: Ecuador AGE Ca. 800 - 1500 A. D. SIZE: 3 1/2" in height by 2 1/2" in width (The piece comes with a museum quality metal stand and when mounted it stands 5 3/4" in height.) DESCRIPTION: This is a prime specimen of a Narino shell shaped ocarina. It is intact and the paint is in flawless condition. The background color is a soft cinnamon brown and the design element is a dark chocolate brown. An impressive warrior is the focal point of the piece. He is carrying a tumi ( copper knife) in one hand and a spear in the other...prepared for battle. He has tall spiky hair and a triangular shaped eye. There is also a "square figure eight" on his chest which most likely represents a shield. The piece is also drilled for wearing. Most ocarinas of this genre that I have seen have very faded or touched up paint...the result of ancient usage. This is a prime example of the best and would compliment any quality collection.