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UR1103/KH0117
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Original Name: AS103/N12 Original Author: Marcia & Robert Ascher Museum: Museum fÃ¼r VÃ¶lkerkunde, Berlin Museum Number: VA47078 Provenance: Unknown Region: Ica |
Total Number of Cords: 71 Number of Ascher Cord Colors: 4 Similar Khipu: Previous (UR1124 Detail 1) Next (UR1180) Catalog: UR1103 Khipu Notes: Khipu Notes |

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Khipu Notes

**Ascher Databook Notes:**

- The end of the main cord has been formed into a loop by bending it back on itself and binding it in place. Two pendants are suspended from the end loop.
- This is one of several khipus acquired by the Museum in 1907 with provenance Ica. For a list of these khipus, see UR1100.
- This khipu has also been discussed by Nordenskiold(see Introduction)
- By spacing, the khipu is separated into 2 end cords, 1 group of 5 pendants, and then 3 groups of 12 pendants each. With 1 exception, each of the pendants in groups 1, 3, and 4 have 1 subsidiary each.
- Each group has an alternating color pattern: the pendants in group 1 alternate LB, B with all subsidiaries CB; group 2 pendants alternate W, CB; group 3 alternates LB (with a W subsidiary), CB (with a CB subsidiary); and group 4 alternates LB (with a B subsidiary), CB (with a CB subsidiary).
- Thirteen percent of the values on the khipu are multiples of 18. In particular, 1/3 of the values in group 2 are multiples of 18, and 18 2 appears on the khipu 3 times.
- The values of groups 1 and 2 are related to, but not exactly, the sums of values in groups 3 and 4.
- The sum of the pendant values in group 2 â‰ˆ sum of pendant and subsidiary values in groups 3 and 4. (The group 2 sum is low by 24 or 0.5%).
- The sum of the LB colored pendants in group 1 â‰ˆ sum of the LB pendants in groups 3 and 4. (The group 1 sum is low by 8 or0.4%).
- The sum of all pendant and subsidiary values in group 1 â‰ˆ sum of all pendant and subsidiary values in groups 3 and 4. (The group 1 sum is high by 486, which is 1 more than the value of the first pendant in group 4.)
- In 2 positions, values i n group 2 are sums of values on the corresponding pendant and subsidiary in group 3 and the pendant in group 4. Namely:

\[ P_{2i}\;=\;P_{3i}+P_{3i}s1+P_{4i}\;\;\;for\;i=(7,9) \]

- The values on the 2 end cords are related to the sum of the values in groups 3 and 4. Again, 1 of the 2 is inexact.
- The value of Pl = sum of pendant and subsidiary values in group 3.
- The value of P2 â‰ˆ sum of pendant and subsidiary values in group 4. The P2 value is low by 17 or 0.5%)

- By virtue of observations #8 and #7a, the end cords could be related to the values in group 2. That is:
- The value of P1+P2 â‰ˆ sum of pendant values in group 2. (The group 2 sum is low by 7 or 0.2%)