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PC.WBC.2016.071

Color-banded khipu

 
Accession numberPC.WBC.2016.071
Attribution and Date
Inka, 1450–1534 CE
Technique and Material

Cotton

Color-banded khipus, like the one displayed here, consist of cords organized into differently colored groups, called bands, and most likely contain local level information. This one consists of 33 colored bands, suggesting the information in it pertains to individuals within a clan (ayllu) composed of some 33 members. The information in this banded khipu was most likely aggregated with other local-level khipus into a seriated khipu (like PC.WBC.2016.070 in this exhibit) at a higher regional or state level.

PC.WBC 2016.071 on display

 

Notes

Accession numberPC.WBC.2016.071
Attribution and Date
Inka, 1450–1534 CE
Technique and Material

Cotton