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Khipu Notes Exist - See Below

Original Author: Marcia & Robert Ascher
Museum: University Museum, University of Pennsylvania
Museum Number: SA4031
Provenance: Unknown
Region: Unknown
Total Number of Cords: 56
Number of Ascher Cord Colors: 4
Benford Match: 0.601
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Datafile: AS028

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Khipu Notes

Ascher Databook Notes:
  1. Long knots appear in thousands, hundreds, tens, and units positions and single knots are used for the digit 1. Placement of knots along the cords are variable. Hence, numerical interpretation is difficult.
  2. Colors of subsidiaries all differ from color of pendants to which they are attached.
  3. There are 7 groups by spacing. The first and last are incomplete due to breakage of the main cord.
  4. Groups 3 and 4 have the same number of pendants and similar color patterning. The colors of the 12 pendants in group 3 are 2W, 2GG:W, 8W while in group 4 there are 2LB, 2GG:W, 8LB.
  5. Group 5 can be a sum group. The first cord in it (pendant 34) is related to the color of group 3 and its value is the sum of group 3. The second cord in it (pendant 35) is related to the color of group 4. If the value of pendant 22 is 101 instead of 110 and the value of pendant 35 is 181 instead of 1081, pendant 35 is the sum of group 4. (See comment 1 above.)