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Khipu Notes Exist - See Below

OKR Name: KH0035
Original Name: AS033A
Original Author: Marcia & Robert Ascher
Museum: Peabody Museum, Harvard University
Museum Number: 41.52.30/293B
Provenance: Unknown
Region: Unknown
Total Number of Cords: 12
Number of Ascher Cord Colors: 3
Benford Match: 0.248
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Khipu Notes

Ascher Databook Notes:
  1. Construction note: R/W does not represent R joined to W. The color R alternately appears and disappears on the single cord.
  2. A photograph of AS033 is in Ascher (1975).
  3. Khipu UR1033A-UR1033G form a collection of 7 khipus that were connected together. The main cords of UR1033A, UR1033E, and UR1033G were tied together to form a circle.
    Suspended from them were their own pendant cords and the khipus numbered UR1033B, UR1033C, UR1033D, and UR1033F. The connections were complex.
  4. The colors used in the collection show some similarity. GG appears only on UR1033B, LC appears only on UR1033C, and BB appears only on UR1033E.
    However, AB, AB/W, or AB:W appear on UR1033A and B, E, F, G; R or R/W appears on UR1033A and B, D, G; and CB appears on UR1033A and G.
  5. The khipus in the collection share the following features: groups separated by space, uniform in size, united by color pattern, and with low values.

    • UR1033B-6 groups of 3, color consistent with position, values 2-10.
    • UR1033C--7 groups of 2, color consistent with position, values 0-3.
    • UR1033D--10 groups of 2, color related to position, values 0-6; higher values on sum cords (16, 30, 24, 36, 60).
    • UR1033E-2 groups of 2, values 0-4; some higher values (32, 47).
    • UR1033F--2 groups of 10, color consistent with position, values 3-14; sum cord (47).
    • UR1033G--2 groups, colors same within each group, values 0-13; and two other cords with higher values (10, 22, 35, 37).

  6. The higher values on UR1033E and G could be related to sums of values on other khipus as follows. The values:

    • 47 : Sum of W cords on UR1033F and sum value on UR1033F;
    • 32, 47 : Sum of values in first position in groups on UR1033B, sum of values in third position in groups on UR1033B;
    • 22 : Sum of all values on UR1033C.