Special Bulletin #13: A Guide to Cataloguing Chinese Art

  • Wendy Holden University of Michigan
Keywords: cataloguing, cataloging, Asia, Asian art, China, Chinese, metadata, classification


This guide is organized using the primary divisions identified in the Fogg cataloguing scheme (medium first, then country, followed by historical period). Major areas include Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, and Arts (or Decorative Arts). Some media are subdivided, as for example are the Arts. These distinctions are made with a numbering system that utilizes a medium code and country code on the first line of the slide label. The second line is reserved for division by an historical period, in which case a number is used, or known artists and sites, in which case cutter numbers are used. The third line of the label is reserved for the subject or object classification. For language-based collections, a guide to standard abbreviations is essential to minimize the amount of space used on the label for the purposes of sorting and filing.

This publication also includes breakdowns of cultural elements such as: Neolithic cultures (including name, location, and time period); types of Neolithic ceramics; and the various periods and dynasties (including dates, location of capitals, and founders).

Author Biography

Wendy Holden, University of Michigan

Special Bulletin Editor: Wendy Holden - University of Michigan

Cover Photography: Peter Smith - University of Michigan

Graphics: Janet Cooke - University of Michigan

Wendy Holden - University of Michigan

Maps: Jessica Nelson - University of Michigan

VRA Publications Program Group:

Chair: Christine Hilker - University of Arkansas

Wendy Holden - University of Michigan

Astrid Otey - Miami University

Mark Pompelia - Rice University

Corey Schultz - Stanford University

Eric Schwab - Ontario College of Art and Design

Kristin Solias - University of Massachusetts, Boston

Amy Stidwell - Hillwood Museums and Gardens

John Taormina - Duke University

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