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Khipu from Chachapoyas -- 109 Series

The khipu found at the Laguna de los Condores constitute one of the most important archives of khipu known to exist. There are 32 khipu in all; 22 have been studied extensively by Dr. Gary Urton. Ten were determined to be too fragile to undergo analysis. All khipu currently reside in the Centro Mallqui, Museo Leymebamba, Chachapoyas, Peru.

This page includes pictures of the group of khipu referred to as the 109 series. This series consists of six khipu knotted together and another set of two attached khipu. The six connected khipu are UR10, UR5, UR19, UR7, UR8, and UR20. They were untied for conservation purposes and are no longer connected to each other. The numbers of the other two khipu in the 109 series are UR17 and UR18; these retain their original attachment. All photos on this page are by Dr. Gary Urton, and are presented courtesy of Centro Mallqui, Leymebamba, Peru.

UR010
UR010

The first of the six khipu knotted together. Overall view. Currently CMA-480/LC1-109.1.

UR005
UR005

Second in the series. At the left of this photo one can see the loop that was tied in the primary cord for attachment to other khipu. This khipu appears to be composed of two different khipu tied together. CMA-480/LC1-109.2.

UR019
UR019

Small cotton khipu; third in the 109 series.This khipu has beautiful multi-colored cords. CMA-480/LC1-109.3.

UR007
UR007


Fourth khipu. Note the variablility in the pendant cord length. CMA-480/LC1-109.4.

UR008
UR008

Fifth khipu. Long clusters of singles knots are clearly visible. On the right of the primary cord is a loop for attachment to another khipu. CMA-480/LC1-109.5.

UR020
UR020

Final khipu in the set of six from the 109 series. CMA-480/LC1-109.6.

UR017 UR018
UR017 and UR018

Khipu A and B from the 109 series; two khipu tied together. Overall view of the khipu and their attachment. CMA-480/LC1-109A and CMA-480/LC1-109B.

UR017
UR017

Overall view of UR17, one of the two khipu found tied together with the bundle of six 109 khipu. CMA-480/LC1-109A.

UR018
UR018

Second, smaller khipu, found tied to UR17. CMA-480/LC1-109B.

 

 
 

 

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