Khipu (Quipu)

Unidentified Inca maker



Plant fiber

Overall: 11 13/16 × 18 1/2 in. (30 × 47 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Acquired by exchange from the Museum of the American Indian, New York, New York



Place Made: Nasca region, Peru, South America



Object Name

Written Communication

Research Area


Not on view

Course History

ANTH 23, LACS 44, The Incas, Alan Covey, Winter 2012

ANTH 24, Early Civilizations of the Andes, Alan Covey, Spring 2014

First Year Student Enrichment Program, Francine A'Ness, Summer 2021

Exhibition History

Oculate Beings and Horrible Birds: Image and Meaning in Ancient Andean Art, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 30, 1999-November 5, 2000, no. 45.


Formerly in the collection of José A. Gayoso (born about 1898, a landowner in Chongoyape, Peru, who sidelined in excavating and selling antiquities); Museum of the American Indian, New York, New York (#7/8830); acquired by present collection in Exchange No. 93, 1955.

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