An elegant 17th century house on Cuenca Street in the historic center of Quito, long known as the Casa del Alabado (the House of Praise), is today an important museum of the same name. The Casa del Alabado Museum conserves some 5,000 archaeological objects created by the ancient peoples who occupied the territory known today as Ecuador and a finely honed selection of 500 pieces makes up the museum's permanent exhibition. Here, through superb photographs and expert texts, this book brings this unique collection of Pre-Columbian art to a wider public, explaining the worldview and philosophy of indigenous Americans, 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. The objects themselves, amazing in their aesthetic and technical excellence, are masterworks created by ancient artists in a range of raw materials.
Christian Mesia Montenegro is the director of the Museo de Arte Precolombino Casa del Alabado in Quito, Ecuador. Former director of the Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru and the Museo Nacional de Chavin, he has conducted rchaeological research in Peru and Guatemala.