This is one of those really fine Narino bowls rarely offered on the market today. It comes from Ecuador and dates C.A. 850 - 1500 A.D. The piece measures 7 3/4" in diameter by 4 1/2" in height. The base color is a rich dark brown and the design elements are executed in cinnamon brown and off white. The bowl depicts two warriors ... one holding a ceremonial staff and the other a spear in one hand and a snake in the other. There are also two house elements with figures standing in the doorway and one has two avian elements perched atop the roof eaves. The center of the bowl has a round white circle with a stylized star in the center. The Narino Culture held Venus in the highest of respect and planned their ceremonies and special events around this planetary form. The bowl appears to have been broken into three pieces and professionally reassembled with the crack lines painted over. The breakage may have been ceremonial or possibly broken due to it's great antiquity.