Tall View Khipu Notes Exist - See Below Original Author: Marcia & Robert Ascher Museum: Museo Nacional, Lima, Peru Museum Number: 17/579 Provenance: Unknown Region: Unknown Total Number of Cords: 161Number of Ascher Cord Colors: 10Benford Match: 0.960Similar Khipu:  Previous  NextDatafile: AS044

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Khipu Notes

Ascher Databook Notes:
1. The main cord is mended beginning at 15. 0 cm. and continuing for 1.0 cm. to just after pendant 51.
One or more pendants could be missing. (In observations 2 & 4, we assume a pendant is missing between pendants 48 and 49.)
2. The khipu is viewed in 3 parts: Part I is 6 groups of 6 pendants each; Part II is 4 groups of 4 pendants each; and Part III is 6 groups of 6 pendants each.

Part I:
1. Each group is united by a top cord and within each group all pendants are the same color. With the exception of group 3 (in which the pendants are W and the top cord W/B), the top cords are the same color as the pendant group.
2. In all groups, positions 1 and 6 have no subsidiaries.
3. With the exception of group 5, pendant 4 has the maximum value.
4. Top cords on groups 2 and 5 sum their respective groups. The top cords on groups 1, 3, 4 probably do also but breakage makes it uncertain. In group 6, the top cord is blank. The values on the subsidiaries are not included in the sums.

Part II:
1. With the exception of the missing first pendant in group 4, all first positions are the same color and have the value 1. With the exception of pendant 4 in group 3, pendants 2-4 have the same color within each group.
2. In all groups, positions 1 and 4 have no subsidiaries.

Part III:
1. Each group is united by a top cord and, with the exception of group 4, within each group all pendants and the top cord have the same color.
Group 4 is subdivided by color : the first 3 pendants are one color, the last 3 another color, and the top cord is yet another color.
2. In all groups, positions 1 and 6 have no subsidiaries.
3. In all groups, pendant 4 has the maximum value.
4. The top cords in groups 2-5 are the sums of the pendants in their respective groups. In group 6, the top cord differs from the sum by 3 and the first group has breakage but is probably summed by its top cord. The subsidiary values are not included in the sums.
5. In 4 of the 6 groups (groups 2, 3, 5, 6), position 5 has the same value as position 6. Also, the sum of all pendant values in these 4 groups equals the sum of all pendant values in the last group of Part I.
6. Seven pendant values appear in the same positions relative to each other in Part I and Part III. The values in:
• Group (X) : Pl, P2, P3
• Group (X+l) : Pl, P2, P6
• Group (X+2) : P5
are the same for X=4 in Part I, and XK2 in Part III.