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MATCHING KHIPU  
  
 

 
 

 
 
AS116 and AS150

These two khipu show an example of a close match. Both AS116 and AS150 are from Ica. They are shown in their entirety below. The twelve knotted strings of AS116 have a pattern of values that is similar to that on pendants 5 -16 of AS150. The values themselves do not match exactly, but are close. Similar color patterning reinforces the supposition that these sequences are related. The values on AS116 are in every case less than the corresponding values on AS150; it is possible that this indicates some change over time, such as census counts that decreased or increased.

AS116AS150

AS116

AS116

Museum für Völkerkunde, Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Gary Urton)

AS150

AS150

Museum für Völkerkunde, Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Gary Urton)

 
 

 

AS114 & AS123
A ten-cord matching sequence from around Ica.

AS116 & AS150
A close (not exact) match reinforced by color patterning.

AS159 & AS173
An exact match, including anomalous knot sequences.

AS194 & AS195
Two small matching khipu from the Callengo valley.

CHACHAPOYAS CALENDAR KHIPU
Two smaller khipu from the Chachapoyas collection match a portion of the large Calendar Khipu. Record keepin in triplicate?

PURUCHUCO KHIPU
An accounting hierarchy of six khipu. Cord spacing and color patterning are important in understanding the relationships between these khipu.

 

 
 
 
 

Last Updated August 2009

© 2009 Gary Urton & Carrie Brezine