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  • Khipu
  • Wilhelm Gretzer (1847 - 1926), Sammler
  • Inka 1450 - 1550
    Datierung engl.: Inca 1450 - 1550
  • Peru
    Ocucaje
  • Baumwolle
  • Länge x Breite: 40 x 70 cm
  • Ident.Nr. V A 44867
  • Sammlung: Ethnologisches Museum | Amerika
  • © Foto: Ethnologisches Museum der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Fotograf/in: Lena Bjerregaard
Description
The object consists of 5 quipus (1-5)that are tied together. It is rather deteriorated, but I will try to describe each one.

1.
No. of pendants: ca. 99

Groups: many groups of 4 and 5

Colors: blue, tans, brown

Color combinations: monochrome, speckled, spiral

Strings: main, pendants, secondaries
Ply: S
Diameter: main 6mm, pendants 1,5 - 2,5mm
Verso (tying pendant to mainstring)

Knots:1/1 endknots (like a single knot), 1/2 endknots (a single knot securing the pendant tied with only part of the pendant as active), 8, long knots (Z), single knots (Z)

2.
No. of pendants:ca 24

Groups: 3 larger groups (7-8 pendants)followed by 3 x 2

Colors: tan

Color combinations: monochrome, speckled

Strings: main, pendants,
Ply: S
Diameter: main 4mm, pendants 1,5 - 1,8mm
Verso (tying pendant to mainstring)

Knots: 8, long knots (Z), single knots (Z)

3.
No. of pendants:38

Groups: 4 x ca 10 (10,10,10,8)

Colors: tans, blue

Color combinations: monochrome, 2 speckled

Strings: main, pendants, secondaries
Ply: S
Diameter: main 6mm, pendants 1,8 - 2mm
Recto/verso (tying pendant to mainstring) Both - within each group the first half are R, the following V.

Knots:1/1 endknots (like a single knot), long knots (Z), single knots (Z)

4.
No. of pendants: 14

Groups: 13 and one a cm further

Colors: tans

Color combinations: monochrome

Strings: main, pendants
Ply: S
Diameter: main 4mm, pendants 2mm
Verso (tying pendant to mainstring)

Knots: long knots (Z), single knots (Z)

5.
No. of pendants: 20

Groups: 2 x 10

Colors: tans

Color combinations: monochrome, speckled, spiral

Strings: main, pendants, secondaries
Ply: R
Diameter: main 5mm, pendants 1,5 - 2mm
Recto/verso (tying pendant to mainstring)

Knots:1/1 endknots (like a single knot), 1/2 endknots (a single knot securing the pendant tied with only part of the pendant as active), 8, long knots (Z), single knots (Z)


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