Ascher Databook Notes:
- Construction Note: The main cord is finished with a thread wrapping extending for 1.0 cm.
- With the khipu were 4 broken cords. Two of them were W with finished ends, no knots, and lengths of 24.0 cm and 45.0 cm. We assume that the 24.0 cm W cord completes pendant 86. The other two cords were AB. One had a finished end, no knots, and length 27.0 cm. The other was broken at both ends, 37.0 cm long with 1E knot 7.0 cm from one end.
- Pendant 44 was broken at 10.0 cm but a directly associated cord was assumed to be its continuation. Pendant 59 was broken at 12.0 cm but a directly associated cord was assumed to be its continuation. Pendant 60 was broken at 15.0 cm. A directly associated cord was assumed to be a part of it but the s knot position may be missing. Subsidiary 135s1 was broken at 3.0 cm but a directly associated cord was assumed to be its continuation.
- Provenance: Huaura Valley, near Lima, on Santa Rosalia Hacienda. It was found in the remains of a building that was probably an Inka tambo on an old Inka road at its entrance into the cultivated valley. Close by lay the remains of a small settlement and a cemetery.
- By spacing the khipu is separated into two parts. It may have had additional parts as the main cord is not complete.
- Part I consists of seven cord groups with six pendants each. The groups are separated by spacing and color pattern.
- With one exception (pendant 1 in group 7) the color pattern is W,AB,AB,AB,MG:W,AB. All subsidiaries are color MB and appear only on positions 3 through 6 in groups 1 and 2.
- In all groups position 1 has value 0 or blank; position 6 has the maxiumum value; positions 2 and 5 are similar in magnitude; and positions 3 and 4 are similar in magnitude. That is:
For all i=(1,...,7):
Pi1 = 0
17 ≤ Pi6 = max(j) Pij ≤ 72
Pi2 and Pi5 ≤ 32
Pi3 and Pi4 ≤ 13
Also, pendant values in groups 2, 4, and 6 have the same rank order. That is,
For all i=(2, 4, 6):
Pi6 > Pi2 > Pi5 > Pi3 > Pi4 > Pi1
- The relative magnitudes of the values in adjacent groups is the same for positions 2 and 6. That is:
For all j=(2,6):
P2j > P1j
P3j < P2j
P4j > P3j
P5j < P4j
P6j > P5j
P7j < P6j
- Part II consists of eight cord groups with 15 pendants each. The groups are separated by spacing and color pattern. ( The first group has an additional pendant between pendants 10 and 11).
- Pendants 4 and 11 subdivide each group into 3 subgroups. These pendant positions are the only ones that never contain any subsidiaries and, with one exception, all are zero-valued or blank. Positions 1- 3 have the color pattern MG, FB:W for groups 1- 4 then MG:W for groups 5-8, W; position 4 is W; positions 5- 10 are all color AB; position 11 is MG:W for groups 1- 3 then AB: KG for groups 4-8; positions 12- 14 are all W; and position 1 5 is not consistent in color.
- In every group pendants in position 8 have at least one subsidiary. With one exception each has a subsidiary of color AB: KG. In positions 12-15, if there is one subsidiary it is AB-W or KG; if there are two it is one of each of these colors; and if there are three it is one of each of these colors and an AB:W.
- The numerical consistencies are:
- In all groups the maximum value is in position 3.
- The values of the pendants in group 7 are the sum of the values on the pendants in the same positions in groups 4 and 3 for positions 3, 6, 10. That is:
P3j + P4j = P7j for j=(3, 6, 10)
- The values in positions 13- 15 are the same for groups 6 and 7. That is:
P6j = P7j for j=(13, 14, 15)
Primary Cord Notes:
The main cord is finished with a thread wrapping that extends for 1.0 cm.