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Documenting the Cultural Heritage
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Object ID Checklist
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Object ID Checklist

checkbox Take Photographs
Photographs are of vital importance in identifying and recovering stolen objects. In addition to overall views, take close-ups of inscriptions, markings, and any damage and repairs. If possible, include a scale or object of known size in the image.
checkbox Answer These Questions
Type of Object
What type of object is it (e.g., painting, sculpture, clock, mask)?

Materials and Techniques
What materials is the object made of (e.g., brass, wood, oil on canvas)? How was it made (e.g., carved, cast, etched)?

What is the size and/or weight of the object? Specify which unit of measurement is being used (e.g., cm., in.) and to which dimension the measurement refers (e.g., height, width, depth).

Inscriptions and Markings
Are there any identifying markings, numbers or inscriptions on the object (e.g., a signature, dedication, title, makerŐs marks, purity marks, property marks)?

Distinguishing Features
Does the object have any physical characteristics that could help to identify it (e.g., damage, repairs, or manufacturing defects)?

Does the object have a title by which it is known and might be identified (e.g., The Scream)?

What is pictured or represented (e.g., landscape, battle, woman holding child)?

Date or Period
When was the object made (e.g., 1893, early 17th century, Late Bronze Age)?

Do you know who made the object? This may be the name of a known individual (e.g., Thomas Tompion), a company (e.g., Tiffany), or cultural group (e.g., Hopi).
checkbox Write a Short Description
This can also include any additional information which helps to identify the object (e.g., colour and shape of the object, where it was made).
checkbox Keep it Secure
Having documented the object, keep this information in a safe place.

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