UR1131

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Khipu Notes Exist - See Below

OKR Name: KH0147
Original Name: AS131
Original Author: Marcia & Robert Ascher
Museum: Museum für Völkerkunde, Berlin
Museum Number: VA42510
Provenance: Unknown
Region: Pachacamac
Total Number of Cords: 287
Number of Ascher Cord Colors: 8
Benford Match: 0.693
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Khipu Notes

Ascher Databook Notes:
  1. A fragment stored with the khipu was associated with 10s1. The subsidiary is broken at 9.0 cm. and the fragment is 5.0 cm. long, broken at both ends, and has a cluster of 7s knots.
  2. The last knot cluster on 116s1 contains 5L or 6L knots.
  3. This is one of several khipus acquired by the Museum in 1907 with provenance Pachacamac. For a list of them, see UR1097.
  4. Although there are some additional cords between groups, by spacing, the khipu is separated into 14 groups of 10 pendants each. A larger space on the main cord separates the khipu into 2 parts of 7 groups each.
  5. All groups have the same color pattern: 6 W, 1 KB:NB, 1 NB:W, 2W. In all groups in part 2, and in groups 1, 4, and 5 of part 1, each pendant has one subsidiary of color R:NB. In groups 2, 3, 6, and 7 of part 1, subsidiaries on the first 3 pendants are NB and those on the last 7 pendants are R:NB.
  6. In all groups, subsidiaries on positions 1 and 2 are zero-valued (or blank). Also, all pendants and subsidiaries in the fifth group of part 1 are zero valued (or blank).
  7. In all groups (except for group 4 in part 1), the 10th position has the maximum value in the group.
  8. In part 2, there is some symmetry of values around the center group (group 4). Specifically, values are the same in: positions 2, 4, and 10 of groups 5 and 3; position 4 and the subsidiary on position 5 of groups 2 and 6; and in position 8 of groups 1 and 7.
  9. Within part 1, the sum of values on pendant 3 of all groups is the same as the sum for all pendant 4 values. That is:
    \[ \sum\limits_{j=1}^{7} P_{1j3} = \sum\limits_{j=1}^{7} P_{1j4} \]
    Similarly, all values on pendant 2 of the groups of part 1 have the same sum as pendant 4 values of part 2, and values on pendant 6 of the groups of part 1 have the same sum as the pendant 2 values in part 2, That is:
    \[ \sum\limits_{j=1}^{7} P_{1j2} = \sum\limits_{j=1}^{7} P_{2j4} \]
    \[ \sum\limits_{j=1}^{7} P_{1j6} = \sum\limits_{j=1}^{7} P_{2j2} \]

Primary Cord Notes:
The main cord is made up of 3 cords.