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PC.WBC.2016.069

Canuto-type khipu with color banding

 
Accession numberPC.WBC.2016.069
Attribution and Date
Colonial, 1534–1821 CE
Technique and Material

Maguey (?), camelid fiber, and cotton

This pendant-type khipu originally had 48 pendant cords (44 are present) arranged in twelve units, each consisting of four pendants joined together and attached to the main cord with spiral wrapping. These 12 units are clustered into three groups of four, each cluster separated by spaces and distinguished by shared wrapping patterns. Unlike other khipus in the collection, this khipu has no subsidiary cords, and its pendant cords are color-wrapped at their distal ends. Further, unlike Inka statistical khipus, the long knots in this khipu are not arranged in decimal tiers, or registers, suggesting possibly that it contains narrative information.

 

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Accession numberPC.WBC.2016.069
Attribution and Date
Colonial, 1534–1821 CE
Technique and Material

Maguey (?), camelid fiber, and cotton