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Originating Country (Origin)

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  • This field contains the name of the country where the object originated.


  1. For better search results in your database, avoid using a large variety of terms; draw up an authority list and add names of countries as necessary. See documentation tip No. 2 (in French only) for bibliographic references.
  2. This field is used in conjunction with the Originating Continent field.

Entry rules:

  1. Enter the full name of the country; do not use abbreviations.

     Object Name brooch
    Originating Country United States
     and not 
     Originating Country USA
  2. If the name of the originating country has changed, first enter its current name, followed by a comma and a space, then the former name of the country.

    A Dogon statue from French Sudan

     Object Name statue
     Originating ContinentAfrica
    Originating Country Mali, French Sudan
      Culture African, Dogon
  3. If you are unsure whether your information is correct, include a space and a question mark after the name of the country.

    A bowl, probably from Afghanistan

     Object Namebowl
     Originating ContinentAsia
    Originating Country Afghanistan ?
  4. This field may not contain more than one entry. © Société des musées du Québec