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KHIPU GALLERY-PURUCHUCO  
  
 

 
 

 
 
Khipu from the site of Puruchuco

These khipu were excavated at the site of Puruchuco, Peru, near Lima, in 1956. All of the khipu were found together inside a large covered urn. They are one of the few groups of khipu for which the provenience is known. Many of the khipu were found rolled in spiral bundles for storage. All photos on this page by Dr. Gary Urton.

UR060
UR060
UR061
UR061

UR061 Rolled
UR061 Rolled

The rolled and tied bundle of UR061 before being unrolled.

UR062
UR062 Primary Cord Detail

Detail of the primary cord wrapped around the top of UR062.

UR062
UR062 Open

UR063
UR063

UR063 was mounted on cloth and exhibited in the Puruchuco Museum.

UR064
UR064

UR065
UR065

Small khipu with an unusual looped primary cord.

UR066067
UR066 and UR067

In this image one can see how the khipu were spiralled together.

UR066067
UR066 and UR067

When the two khipu are laid side by side, the similar color patterning is apparent.

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UR066 and UR067

These two khipu were rolled together. Both primary cords are visible in this detail of the top of the khipu bundle.

UR066
UR066
UR067
UR067
UR068
UR068 Open

UR068
UR068 Rolled

This khipu is ornamented with a red tassel at the beginning end of the primary cord. It was mounted on cloth in its bundled form and was on display in the Museo de Sitio de Puruchuco.

UR069
UR069

UR070
UR070

This khipu has no knots, but the cords are arranged in groups of four with fairly consistent color patterning.

UR071
UR071

Another knotless khipu with clear cord groupings by spacing and color

UR072
UR072

UR073
UR073

The primary cord is broken at both ends very close to the pendants; this khipu may be incomplete.

UR074
UR074

In this khipu one can clearly see the placing of knots in the units position. The level varies from the left side of the khipu to the right.

UR075
UR075

A small sparsely knotted khipu.

UR076
UR076
UR077
UR077
UR078
UR078
UR079
UR079
UR080
UR080

UR081
UR081

There are very few cords on this khipu, but the colors are intriguing.

UR082
UR082

There are no knots on this khipu.

 

 
 

 

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