• Quipu, [before 1600].

Collections:
Location:
  • HSVM C0940 (Princeton Mesoamerican Manuscripts, no. 5)
  • HSVM Electronic Resource
  • ELF1 C0940 (Princeton Mesoamerican Manuscripts, no. 5)
  • ELF1 Electronic Resource
Call number:
  • C0940 (Princeton Mesoamerican Manuscripts, no. 5)
  • Electronic Resource
Format:
  • Visual material
Title sort:
  • Quipu, [before 1600].
Identifier:
  • ark:/88435/s7526g75v
Abstract:
  • The only known form of pre-Columbian "writing" in South America is the Incan quipu. Incan clerks, known as quipucamayo, were trained to record and translate these quipus as "memoranda or registers made from strands of cord, in which different knots and colors signify different things. It is incredible what they have comprehended in this way, for what books can say of histories, laws, ceremonies, and business accounts... is provided very precisely by the quipu," wrote a Spanish colonial observer. This 51-strand quipu is typical of surviving examples, which date from the 13th and 16th centuries.
Date:
  • [before 1600].
Spatial:
  • Mexico
Edm rights:
  • No Known Copyright
Relation:
  • Princeton Mesoamerican collection, [600s]-[1800s]
View in catalog:
Title:
  • Quipu, [before 1600].
Subject:
  • Quipu—Peru
Electronic locations:
Created:
  • 1600-01-01T00:00:00Z
Source acquisition:
  • Gift of Gerard B. Lambert, ca. 1975.
Extent:
  • 1 item (a fifty-one strand Inca quipu) ; 78 x 101 cm.