This khipu is part of a set (UR087
) that were analyzed by Manual Medrano in his article Toward the Decipherment of a Set of Mid-Colonial Khipus from the Santa Valley, Coastal Peru
Top cords. Top cords are fastened through the pendant attachments (diagram on field notes). The doubled end of the top cord is passed through the half-hitches of the pendants; the free end of the top cord is then passed through its doubled end. In the final configuration, the doubled end of the top cord may be pointing towards the left (dbld end went through from L to R) or right (dbld end went through from R to L). These are designated, respectively, R and L, the R to be distinguished from the R meaning recto.
2. Markers. Markers on this khipu are short lengths of cotton cord, same construction as pendants, attached the same way as pendants, but pointing upwards in the same direction as the top cords.