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Khipu Notes Exist - See Below

Original Author: Marcia & Robert Ascher
Museum: Museum für Völkerkunde, Berlin
Museum Number: VA16138 A
Provenance: Unknown
Region: Between Ica and Pisco
Total Number of Cords: 53
Number of Ascher Cord Colors: 4
Benford Match: 0.947
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Datafile: AS159

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Khipu Notes

Ascher Databook Notes:
  1. This is one of several khipus acquired by the Museum in 1904 with provenance between Ica and Pisco. For a discussion of them, see UR1098.
  2. By spacing, there are 8 groups with different numbers of pendants. There are much larger spaces on the main cord between groups 6-7 and 7-8 than there are between others. The only consistent colors are in the 3 groups with 7 pendants each (groups 1, 6, and 8). Group 8 is unified: all pendants are B. Groups 1 and 6 both have the pattern X, 4B:W, 2X where X=W in group 1 and X=B in group 6.
  3. Several of the pendants have multiple unit knots so that there are 2 distinct values in some positions. (See, for example, P14.)
  4. The value on the first pendant in group 6 is the sum of the other pendants in the group. Similarly, the value on its subsidiary is the sum of the values of the other subsidiaries in the group.
  5. The sum of the 2 pendant values in group 5 is 100 & 3. The sum of all pendant values in groups 6 and 8 is also 100 & 3.