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Khipu Notes Exist - See Below

Original Author: Marcia & Robert Ascher
Museum: Museum für Völkerkunde, Berlin
Museum Number: VA42554
Provenance: Unknown
Region: Pachacamac
Total Number of Cords: 125
Number of Ascher Cord Colors: 17
Benford Match: 0.615
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Datafile: AS170

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Khipu Notes

Ascher Databook Notes:
  1. This is one of several khipus acquired by the Museum in 1907 with provenance Pachacamac. For a list of these, see UR1097.
  2. By spacing and a marker, the khipu is separated into 3 parts: the first is 2 groups of 4 pendants each; the second is 7 groups of 7 pendants each; and the third is 7 groups of 5-7 pendants each.
  3. In parts 2 and 3, the pendants in all groups have the same color pattern: LB (with B:LC or BS:B:LC subsidiaries); BS-W (with BS-W subsidiaries); B-W (with B-W subsidiaries); G0/BS (with DB:W subsidiaries); MB/W (with B-LC subsidiaries); 0D/W; W/0D or W/FB. Where there are 6 pendants in a group, it is the 6th position that is non-existent and where there are only 5 pendants, both the 6th and 7th positions are non-existent.
  4. In part 1, the first group of pendants are all B. The second group, by color, is 2 pairs of pendants. Each pair is the same colors as the first 2 pendants in each group of parts 2 and 3. The association of the pairs in this second group with the first 2 positions in the groups of parts 2 and 3 is also seen in the knot placement on the cords: double values appear only on first pendant positions (for example, P5 is interpreted as 760 & 20, j ust as P37 is interpreted as 19 & 12).
  5. The values in group 2 of part 1 are related to the sums of the values in parts 2 and 3. Various relationships are plausible but inexact. For example: all pendant values in the second position of the 7 groups in part 2 sum to 6810 and the second value in the first pair is 6850; all pendant values in part 2 sum to 7623 and the sum of the values in the first pair is 7630; and all pendant and subsidiary values in the second position of the 14 groups of parts 1 and 2 sum to 11901 and the sum of the values in the second pair is 11989.