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Wrapped-main-cord khipu with color seriation

 
Accession numberPC.B.WBC.2016.067
Attribution and Date
Wari, 600–1000 CE
Technique and Material

Cotton and camelid fiber

In most Wari khipus with color seriation--pendants with repeating sequences of colored cords--the pendant wrapping is monochrome, like that in PC.WBC.2016.068. But in this khipu the pendant wrapping has colorfully banded patterns that repeat. It originally had 84 pendant cords in 14 groups of six—five wrapped and one knotted, where the wrapped pendants have two subsidiary cords. Like PC.WBC.2016.068, this khipu has a “blank” pendant cord as well as two unfinished groups. Most subsidiary cords have two knots, although some have one or none, suggesting a numerical system that could signal presence vs. absence or other binary information.

PC.WBC.2016.067 on display

 

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Accession numberPC.B.WBC.2016.067
Attribution and Date
Wari, 600–1000 CE
Technique and Material

Cotton and camelid fiber