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Khipu from the Museum für Völkerkunde

The Museum für Völkerkunde in Berlin, Germany, has one of the largest collections of khipu artifacts in the world. The museum numbers for these khipu start with VA. All photos on this page by Dr. Gary Urton.

rolled khipu
Rolled Khipus

These khipu are all in their original spiral configurations.

VA16135
VA16135A

This khipu, recently unrolled, has about 850 pendants.

VA16135
VA16135B

A pair to khipu VA16135A.

VA16136
VA16136

This cotton khipu shows clear cord groupings formed by the spacing of the pendants.

VA16136Det
VA16136--Detail

In this detail it is possible to see the attachments of the pendant cords.

VA16141
VA16141
VA16148
VA16148
VA42510
VA42510

VA42533
VA42533

The barber-pole cords on this khipu make it easier to spot the differences in cord thickness.

VA2544
VA42544 Detail

Detail of a needlework bundle on the end of a primary cord.

VA42553
VA42553

This khipu features cord wrappings at the top of the pendants.

VA42554
VA42554

VA42593
VA42593

The radiating cords in this image form an intriguing subsidiary construction.

VA47069
VA47069

Large cotton khipu.

VA47476
VA47076

A detail view of pendant cord attachments and a top cord.

VA47089
VA47089

This khipu features a top cord for each cord grouping.

 

 
 

 

BERLIN KHIPU
Khipu from the Museum für Völkerkunde, Berlin, Germany.

CHACHAPOYAS KHIPU
Khipu found at the Laguna de los Condores, Peru. Khipu from this site are divided into several categories:

Calendar Khipu

109 Series

257 Series

Other Chachapoyas Khipu

PEABODY KHIPU
Khipu from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography, Harvard University.

PURUCHUCO KHIPU
Khipu excavated at the site of Puruchuco near Lima, Peru.

MISCELLANEOUS KHIPU
Khipu from various collections around the world.

 
 
 
 

Last Updated August 2009

© 2009 Gary Urton & Carrie Brezine