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Support (Physical Description)

Field to be used with an authority listField used for ethnology and history collectionsField used for fine and decorative arts collectionsSociété des musées québécois Info-Muse database field


  • This field contains the materials used as the main support for a two-dimensional object (painting, print, photograph, etc.).


  1. For better search results in your database, avoid using a large variety of terms; draw up an authority list and add keywords as necessary.1
  2. This field is used in conjunction with the Medium field, which indicates the media applied to the support.

      Object Name painting
      Medium oil
    Support wood
  3. Use the Medium and Support fields only for two-dimensional objects.

      Object Namephotograph
      Medium silver print
  4. For three-dimensional objects, use the Material and Technique fields.

      Object Name sculpture
      Material wood; paint
      Technique carved; painted

Entry rules:

  1. Enter the name of the support as a singular noun.
  2. Multiple supports should be entered from the most predominant to the least predominant. Entries should be separated by a semicolon followed by a space.

      Object Name drawing
      Medium ink
    Support Japanese paper; cardboard
  3. If you are unsure whether your information is correct, include a space and a question mark after the keyword.

      Object Namepainting
    Supportchipboard ?

  1. You can consult Bénichou, Anne. Documentation Standards in Contemporary Art. Ottawa: Canadian Heritage Information Network, 1993. [Information up to date as of June 20, 2006]. © Société des musées du Québec