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PC.WBC.2016.136

Wrapped-main-cord khipu with color seriation

 
Accession numberPC.WBC.2016.136
Attribution and Date
Wari, 600–1000 CE
Technique and Material

Cotton and camelid fiber

Despite its small size, this khipu has several remarkable features, including the presence of wrapped cords down to fifth-level subsidiary cords. Its main cord is looped and begins with an intricate wrapping pattern with crosses somewhat reminiscent of an Inka kayte (beginning knot). Another unusual feature is the use of a mix of both color banding in its wrapped pendants and color seriation in its unwrapped pendants and most of its subsidiaries.

PC.WBC.2016.136 on display

 

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Accession numberPC.WBC.2016.136
Attribution and Date
Wari, 600–1000 CE
Technique and Material

Cotton and camelid fiber