Khipu Notes:
1. Provenance: One of a collection of four khipu originally in the collection of Percy Dahlsberg, in Arica, Chile. These khipu were said to have been found in the administrative center of Mollepampa, which is located some 30 km up the Lluya River from Arica and Playa Miller. However, I was told by Carlos Aldunate, the Director of the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolumbino that he believes that this khipu derives from in Inka site at the Playa Miller (Carlos Aldunate, personal communication, 2001).
2. Khipu UR035 is currently displayed in an arrangement designed by the staff of the Museo Chileno to most effectively display the structure of the khipu; however, to achieve this appearance required moving the pendant strings along the primary cord to give more room to pendants and pendant groups that were originally arranged differently (generally, more closely spaced together than now). Thus, no interpretive value should be given to the spacing between pendants and pendant groups. However, the museum staff insists that the order of pendants, and the total length of the primary cord, were not changed in the arriving at the present arrangement.
3. In most cases, what I have called DB could also be called LK. In many instances it is difficult to distinguis say MG:LK (med. gray mixed with black) and MG:DB (medium gray mixed with dark brown).
Primary Cord Notes:
10- In general, the subsidiaries of pendants on khipu UR35 are oriented so that those on adjacent pendants go in opposite directions. This should/may form paired sets of pendants. However, this feature seems to be more common on the first half of the khipu than the second half. 11- The symbol BL marks what is for this author a new knot type. I am calling it herein the "belted long knot". There seem to be three belted long knots on khipu UR35 (pendants 83, 84 and 84s4s1). All of these examples are on odd-numbered knots. The "belt" of the belted long knots is formed by carrying one turn of an odd-numbered long knot over the axis. Note: of the three examples of belted long knots on khipu UR35, two have the belt marking the central turn of the odd numbered knot (i.e. the 5th of a knot of 9 turns). In one case (84s4s1), the belt marks the 4th/6th turn of a knot of 9 turns.