Object Description

<objectDesc> contains all the information about the object as such. Within the @form you should specify one of the available values. The object is further described in <supportDesc>.

For the description of the quires structure, see the page collation.

For the description of the layout, see the dedicated page layout.


Into <support> a series of information about the material support are given.

<support> <watermark></watermark> <material key="Parchment"></material> </support>

In <material> with @key enter the a value from the Writing Material taxonomy proposed from the schema. oXygen should prompt the values from the schema.


<extent> contains information about the global dimensions of the object. The value outer for @type in <dimensions> indicates the external dimensions, including the board, the cover, and the spine. The value leaf for @type in <dimensions> indicates the size of the leaf. The leaf from which the measurements have been taken can be added in a <note> linked with @corresp to the <dimensions> element. In this way, measurements of several leaves can be added. Other values for @type are possible.

<extent> <measure unit="leaf">183</measure> <measure unit="leaf" type="blank">3</measure> <measure unit="quire">25</measure> <dimensions type="outer" unit="mm"> <height>370</height> <width>270</width> <depth>115</depth> </dimensions> <dimensions type="leaf" unit="mm" xml:id="leafdim"> <height>365</height> <width>265</width> </dimensions> <note corresp="#leafdim"> Data on leaves dimensions taken from <locus target="#6r"></locus>. </note> </extent>

Measurements in <dimensions> should always be given in millimiters, unless the source catalogues provides them otherwise.

You can also specify which leaves are blank, adding a <locus> immediately after the relative measure.

To indicate the number of strips sewn together to produce a scroll, you can add a <measure> in a <note>, as in BDLaethf10:

<extent> <dimensions type="outer" unit="in"> <height>78</height> <width>5.5</width> </dimensions> <note>Consists of <measure unit="strips">3</measure> strips.</note> </extent>


You might also use <foliation> with a list of items in it to describe different numbering systems used.

<foliation> <list> <item xml:id="fol1"> <locus from="1r" to="98v"></locus> arabic numbers on the top right corner </item> <item xml:id="fol2"> <locus from="1r" to="45v"></locus> ethiopic numbers on the left right corner </item> <item xml:id="fol3"> <locus from="1r" to="102v"></locus> quire numbers on the bottom right </item> </list> </foliation>


You can also add a <condition> element containing a fully marked up description of the condition of the manuscript. Do indicate a general value from the State of Preservation Taxonomy proposed from the schema for indexing purposes.

<condition key="deficient"></condition>

If no information on the condition of the manuscript is available, the element should be simply not added to the record.

This page is referred to in the following pages

Revisions of this page

  • Pietro Maria Liuzzo on 2018-04-30: first version of guidelines from Wiki
  • Pietro Maria Liuzzo on 2018-04-24: stub of page
  • Dorothea Reule on 2018-06-12: Added mistara example
  • Dorothea Reule on 2018-07-06: Added paragraph on scroll strips