Technique (Physical Description)
- This field indicates the processes, methods or techniques used to manufacture the object.
- 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
- This field is used in conjunction with the Material field.
A knitted cotton sweater
| || Object Name||sweater|
| || Material|| fibre, cotton|
- You may also indicate whether the object is artisanal or industrial.
| || Object Name||dress|
| || Material||fibre, silk|
|Technique|| industrial; sewn|
- For two-dimensional objects (painting, print, photograph, etc.), use the Medium, Support and, if necessary, Technique fields.
| || Object Name|| print|
| || Medium|| ink|
|Technique|| wood engraving|
- Enter the adjectives describing the techniques from the most predominant to the least predominant. Entries should be separated by a semicolon followed by a space. They should also correspond to the entries in the Material field.
| || Object Name||sculpture|
| || Material|| glass; metal|
|Technique|| blown; pressed; repoussé; niellé|
- Describe the object with a singular adjective or past participle used as an adjective.
| || Object Name||case|
| ||Material|| wood, mahogany; lacquer|
| ||and not |
| ||Technique|| lacquer|
- If you are unsure whether your information is correct, include a space and a question mark after the keyword.
| || Object Name|| urn|
| || Material||clay|
|Technique|| moulded; fired; engraved; glazed ?|
- For a standardized list of terms, you can consult Ewing, Calum. Standards for the use of the Material (MA), Technique (MT) and related fields in the Humanities National Database of the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN). Ottawa: Canadian Heritage Information Network, 1992 and Bénichou, Anne. Documentation Standards in Contemporary Art. Ottawa: Canadian Heritage Information Network, 1993. [Information up to date as of June 20, 2006].