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Khipu from Chachapoyas -- Various

Among the Chachapoyas khipu is one rare example affixed to a wooden bar. When found, this khipu was brightly colored, but in an effort to clean it, it was washed with soap and water and all the color ran out! Hence it has earned the nickname "Washed Khipu". Also pictured on this page are other khipu of the 22 which have been studied from the Museo Leymebamba's collection. There is not yet anything to suggest relationships between the khipu pictured here and others in the collection. All photos on this page are by Dr. Gary Urton, and are presented courtesy of Centro Mallqui, Leymebamba, Peru.

Washed Khipu
UR022: Washed Khipu

Washed khipu lying flat. The primary cord is laced through holes in the wooden bar. All of the strings are white, indicating that whatever color was once on this khipu was a product of dyeing, not of the use of differently colored cottons. INC-109.

Washed Khipu
UR022: Washed Khipu

A view of the khipu hanging from its bar.

Washed Khipu
UR022: Washed Khipu

The lacing of the primary cord through holes in the wood arranges the pendants into three layers.

UR003
UR003

A large cotton khipu. CMA-419/LC1-048 TEQ.

UR004
UR004

This image shows tufted markers along the primary cord of UR4.

UR004 Detail
UR004 Detail

A detail of one end of the primary cord of UR4, showing a needlework bundle. CMA-847/LC1-476 TEQ.

UR016
UR016

Another large cotton khipu from the Chachpoyas archive. CMA-373/LC2-002.

 

 
 

 

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