- Imprint: 5 Continents Editions
- Publication Date: March 26, 2013
- Price: $45.00
- Trim Size: 8 3⁄8 x 8 3⁄8
- ISBN: 88-7439-596-5
- EAN: 9788874395965
- Page Count: 360
- Illustrations: 320 color illustrations
- Format: Paperback
- Rights: US & Canada
In an elegant 17th-century house in the historic center of Quito, Ecuador, visitors can find some 5,000 archeological masterworks created in a range of raw materials by ancient peoples. The house, the Casa del Alabado, or House of Praise, passed its name to the museum, a fitting one for the space that contains a unique collection of indigenous works of art, with some 500 pieces permanently on view. This book brings the art to a wider public, explaining the worldview and philosophy of these ancient people, in particular the importance of preserving life by maintaining the flow of cosmic energy and spiritual communication between the distinct worlds that made up their universe.
About the author
Ivan Cruz Cevallos is scientific advisor to the Casa del Alabado and president of the Alejandro Labaka Foundation. Christian Mesía Montenegro is the director of the Pre-Columbian Museum Casa del Alabado.