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Decorative Motif (Physical Description)

Field to be used with an authority listField used for archaeology collections (object data and site data)Société des musées québécois Info-Muse database field


  • This field contains the description of decorative motifs on the object.


  • For better search results in your database, avoid a large variety of terms; draw up an authority list and add keywords as necessary.

Entry rules:

  1. Enter the names of the decorative motifs in the singular form, even if there are several similar motifs.

     Object Name vase
    Decorative MotifGreek
  2. Enter a keyword describing the decorative motif of the object.

     Object Name vase
    Decorative Motif Lanoraie cross
      Description The cross was made by impressing the clay with a string.
  3. Enter any descriptive details in the Description field.

     Object Nameplaque
    Decorative Motif figure; spiral
      Description Representation of a man holding a torch in his hands, both in a spiral
  4. If you are unsure whether your information is correct, include a space and a question mark after the word.
  5. This field may contain multiple entries separated by a semicolon followed by a space.

     Object Name bracelet
    Decorative Motif knotwork; stripe
      Description Knotwork on the two edges and a stripe in the centre. © Société des musées du Québec