Photographs are of vital importance in identifying and
recovering stolen objects. In addition to overall views,
close-ups of inscriptions, markings, damage, and repairs
should be taken (see Distinguishing
Type of Object is a term or short descriptive
phrase that describes the object (e.g., mask, warrior
ear ornament). When implementing Object ID on an automated
system it is advisable to be able to retrieve this information
at a minimum of two levels (for example, Level 1:
pottery, Level 2: portrait head jar).
The size and/or weight of an object, including the unit
of measurement (e.g., 30.5 cm by 30.5 cm by 76 cm).
The materials, manufacturing techniques, processes,
or methods used to create an object.
Identifying markings or inscriptions found on, or applied
to, the object (e.g., signature, dedication, title,
makerŐs marks, purity marks, property marks).
An indication of the age of the object. This can be
a date or date range (e.g., 1872, 1527-1580) or a cultural
period (e.g., Late Bronze Age).
The name of the maker of an object. This may be a known
individual (e.g., Thomas Tompion), a company (e.g.,
Tiffany), or a cultural group (e.g., Hopi).
That which is pictured in, or represented by, the object
(e.g., landscape, battle, woman holding child).
The title assigned to an object, either at the time
of its creation or at a later date (e.g., The Scream).
Any features on the object that could uniquely identify
it (e.g., damage, repairs, or defects introduced in
the manufacturing process).
A short textual description of the object created using
information from the above categories. It can include
any additional information that helps to identify the
object (e.g., colour and shape of the object, where
the object was made).
Five of the categories of information not selected for
Object ID because there was no clear consensus in favor
of their inclusion were, however, regarded as being
important by a large majority of respondents in at least
four of the six communities surveyed. It is recommended
that those developing automated documentation systems
consider including these categories.
A numeric or alphanumeric identifier, as used in many
museums (sometimes applied to the object itself).
References, including citations, to other written material
related to an object (e.g., published catalogues, articles,
The place from which an object originated and/or the
location at which it was discovered (e.g., the place
it was made, or the archaeological site at which it
Reference to Related Objects
An indication that an object is related to a number
of others (e.g., one of a pair, part of a dinner service).
The date on which the description of the object was
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