[uf-discuss] Re: Work-of-art/Tim Gambell
Toby A Inkster
mail at tobyinkster.co.uk
Fri Jun 8 02:21:32 PDT 2007
Ted Drake wrote:
> Could the Dublin core be converted into a microformat.
<h1>New Additions to the Museum Collection</h1>
<li class="dc:date:created">circa 3200 BCE; Predynastic period</li>
<li class="geo">Egypt (<span class="latitude" title="30">N
30°</span>, <span class="latitude" title="31.2">E
<span class="dc:type scheme:dcmitype" title="PhysicalObject"></span>
<span class="dc:format">Ivory; 5.7 cm</span>
<li class="dc:publisher vcard">
<span class="fn">The Metropolitan Museum of Art</span>
<span class="locality">New York</span>,
Finely carved ivory combs and knife handles produced toward the end of
Egypt's prehistory demonstrate the high standards Egyptian artists had
achieved, even before the Old Kingdom. This comb may have been part of
the funeral equipment of an elite person who lived about 5,200 years
ago. Parts of the comb's teeth, now missing, can be seen along the
bottom edge. The detailed decoration suggests that it was a ceremonial
object, not just an instrument for arranging the hair. On both sides are
figures of animals in horizontal rows, a spatial organization familiar
from later Egyptian art. The animals include elephants and snakes;
wading birds and a giraffe; hyenas; cattle; and perhaps boars. Similar
arrangements of these creatures on other carved ivory implements suggest
that the arrangement and choice of animals were not haphazard. Elephants
treading on snakes suggest that this part of the scene was symbolic. The
mythologies of many African peoples associate elephants and serpents
with the creation of the universe. The uppermost row of this comb may
symbolize a creative deity to whom the rest of the animals owe their
<li class="objet"><!-- another objet --></li>
1. An object's class is intentionally "objet", from "objet d'art" to avoid
collisions with existing use of class="object".
2. I'm not 100% sure about the best use of "geo" here. Should it be used
to markup where the object was created (as I have done here); where the
object currently is; or both?
3. Note the empty span to represent the dc:type metadata. Virtually all
items in museums are physical objects, so I didn't think it necessary to
show this information to human users.
4. I'm not sure about scheme:dcmitype. Are schemes necessary, or is that
going too far?
5. Could somehow integrate with XOXO?
Toby A Inkster BSc (Hons) ARCS
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