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Khipu Notes Exist - See Below

Original Author: Kylie Quave
Museum: Dallas Museum of Art
Museum Number: B366/T41299.30
Provenance: Inka, Late Horizon
Region: Unknown
Total Number of Cords: 205
Number of Ascher Cord Colors: 11
Benford Match: 0.970
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Khipu Notes

Khipu with top and subsidiary cords
Whole khipu - main cord has one plied end and one tied off.

Looped top cords all represent or could represent (Grp 1 is short by 5 but one P is broken) the sum of the pendant knots (subsidiaries not included in value).
The order of top cord values is: 1- 33; 2- 239; 4-83; 5- 83 (4 and 5 have no space between); 8- 50; 9-98.
Groups without looped top cords: 3- 203; 6- 41 (+1E +4L); 7- 69; 10- 110. Knot total for looped groups= 586, non-looped=423 (+5?). Total knot count, excluding 3 loose cords=1009 (+5?).
Colors mostly occur in groups of strings with same hue.
All subsidiaries are attached below the units register, except for 69A.
All subsidiaries are attached in the recto, except 113A, which is in verso.
Many pendants have bends that look like they were retied at some point in the past.
Group 10 has an abundance of 2L knots.
* Strings 29 and 126 look like were made by looping a spun strand around main cord and then plying it. Are short and knotted at end with an overhand knot. Perhaps served as a placemarker.

There are 10 groups of pendants and the knot sum is near 1000. Khipu could be related to the census.Guaman Poma illustrated the 10 stages of life (not in years, but in ability to work) for females and males. Could each group tell of which ayllus had individuals capable of each stage of work and maybe how they fulfilled that tribute?