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Khipu from Chachapoyas -- 257 Series

The six khipu from the Laguna de los Condores pictured below were all found in the same bundle, tied together. Four of the khipu, UR12, UR13, UR14, and UR15, remain attached. The other two, UR11 and UR2, were originally tied to this group of four. As can be seen from the photos, the arrangement of khipu is not strictly linear. All photos on this page are by Dr. Gary Urton, and are presented courtesy of Centro Mallqui, Leymebamba, Peru.

bundle
Bundle of khipu

The original bundle of six khipu, before being untied for conservation purposes.

UR012-U015
UR012-UR015

Overall view of the four khipu which remain attached. Current museum numbers of these khipu are: CMA-628/LC1-257C, 257D, 257E, 257F.

UR012
UR012 Detail

Detail showing the attachment between three khipu and the two loop pendants on UR12.

UR013 and UR014
UR013 and UR014

The attachment between UR13/257D and UR14/257F is visible in the left-hand portion of the photo. To the right is a loop pendant from UR12.

UR015
UR015

This image shows the intriguing subsidiary construction towards one end of UR15.

UR011
UR011

Display of UR11/257A. UR11 was found tied to UR2.

UR011 Detail
UR011 Detail

Close up of pendants from UR11/257A.

UR002
UR002

This khipu was found tied to UR11. Its current museum number is CMA-628/LC1-257B.

 

 
 

 

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