The attribute sets and attributes for the above class are described below. Minor edits which enhance the current definitions should be made directly to the text. Major changes or revisions which change the attribute words should follow the directions at the bottom of this page under Proposed Changes.
Multiple choice. These attributes are concerned with unusual shapes of the skull and do not include ears or hair. Ears are included in facial features and hair is included in head ornaments. Examples for Anthropomorphic.Head
- The head is detached. If there is no headless body, the element may be may be a Mask or Head.
- The head is missing, but the torso, arms and legs are of sufficient detail to indicate it is human.
- The head is triangular and flat on top.
- The head is pointed on top.
- The head is an outline, not solidly pecked.
- The head is a simple line and there is no distinction between the neck and head.
- The head is stippled, possibly with a solid outline.
- The head is about half the normal size, as judged from the length of the torso.
- The head is about twice or more of the normal size, as judged from the length of the torso.
Multiple choice. The items below are limited to facial features that are human-like in appearance. Animal ears at the top of the head or a unusual beak or snout should be described under head ornaments. Examples for Anthropomorphic.Facial Features
- Ear-like appendage at the sides of the head.
- Lines above a visible eye.
- Eyes with a center dot.
- A human-like nose.
- Holes at the bottom of a nose or holes without a nose.
- Open mouth with teeth showing.
- Tattoo or Paint
- Crosses, circles, or other decoration on the cheeks, forehead, etc.
Multiple choice. Indicate all of the features depicted. If the figure appears to be carrying a pot or basket on the top of the head, it should be denoted under the Holding attribute set. Examples for Anthropomorphic.Head Ornaments
Things attached to the top of the head:
- Animal Head
An animal head is attached to and worn above the head. If the animal head has ears or horns and a snout or beak, then those attributes should also be checked.
- Ears or Horns
- Any animal ear-like, horn-like, or antler-like appendages attached to the top of the head. These will always be shown as a nearly identical pair.
- Feathers or Rays
Straight stick-like appendages attached to the top of the head. If there are two, it should be classified as ears or horns. A single ray with a curved end should be classified as a crown.
- Floppy Hat
- Any single ornament that appears connected to the top of the head and dangles down on either side.
- Crown or Crest
Any other decorative ornament or ornaments attached to the top of the head that can not be described as ears or horns, feathers or rays, or a floppy hat.
Things attached to the side of the head:
- Any pair of ornaments that appears to be attached or dangling from the ears.
- Any ornament that appears as an extension to one ear.
- Any pair of ornaments that appear to be braided hair connected to the sides of the head.
- Squash Blossom
- The squash blossom hairdo frequently depicted on females. In crude forms, this may appear as a wide head.
Things attached to the face:
- Snout or Beak
- An animal-like nose or beak. The figure may be wearing a mask and the nose is depicted as an unnatural cylinder, beak, or other shape.
Things floating above the head:
- Halo or Aura
- These appear as if they are floating above the head and are not attached. There may be multiple arcs, rays, or other geometrics that may be symbolic of power or have some other meaning.
- Any other feature that can not fit into one of the choices described listed above.
Multiple choice. If the neck appears normal, no attributes will be selected. Examples for Anthropomorphic.Neck
- There is no neck, the head rests directly on the shoulders.
- The neck is depicted as shorter than normal, about half the normal length as judged from the length of the torso.
- The neck is depicted as longer than normal, about twice the normal length as judged from the length of the torso.
- The neck is depicted as very long, over three times the normal length, as judged from the length of the torso.
- The neck is disproportionately thin.
- The neck is disproportionately thick.
Multiple choice. This attribute set describes the various positions of the arms. Examples for Anthropomorphic.Arms
- Bent at Elbow
- The arm segments are straight, and there is a distinct bend at the elbow.
- The entire arm is curved, there is no distinct elbow shown.
- The entire arm is shown as straight. (Is there a way to distinguish shoulders from elbows on stick figures.)
- The forearms and hands point upward. For a figure that is falling or laying down, up still means toward the sky.
- The forearms and hands point toward the ground.
- To Side
- Hands on Hips
- The elements hands appear to be placed on the hips. The arms frequently are drawn in stylistic arcs.
- Fingerless Hands
- The ends of the arms are enlarged to depict hands, but there is not enough detail to show fingers.
- Five Fingers
- The hands are drawn showing five fingers.
- < Five Fingers
- The hands are drawn with less than five fingers.
- > Five Fingers
- The hands are drawn with more than five fingers.
- Big Fingers
- The fingers are intentionally exaggerated in size. This is generally thought to exemplify power or magic.
Multiple choice. Examples for Anthropomorphic.Torso
- Full Bodied
- The torso is a fully pecked or painted; it is not an outline or a stick figure.
- The torso is pecked as an outline. Head, arms and legs may be sticks or fully pecked and the torso may be stippled.
- The torso is drawn as a stick, the width of the legs and arms are about the same as the width of the torso.
- The torso is textured with simple dots, dashes, or a more elaborate small pattern. The torso may or may not be outlined.
- Tattoo or Paint
- The torso is decorated with tattoos, paint, or a patterned garment. These are frequently repeated geometrics.
Multiple choice. This attribute set describes torsos depicted with unusual shapes. Elements that are stick figures or have realistic torsos should have no attributes checked. Examples for Anthropomorphic.Torso Shape
- The torso is diamond shaped.
- The torso appears to have been intentionally elongated.
- The torso appears to be covered in a garment. This may be shown as a long rectangle going down to the knees.
- The torso is depicted in a stylistic manner similar to an hourglass.
- Hump Back
- The torso has a humped back.
- The torso appears natural or rectangular.
- Expanded Midriff
- The torso has an expanded midriff. This is frequently shown as a circle or may incorporate a feature of the rock.
- The torso is oval.
- The torso is round.
- The figure appears to have a costume tail.
- The torso is triangular.
- The torso is abnormally short.
Multiple choice. Examples for Anthropomorphic.Legs
- Bent at Knee
- A bend in the leg where a knee is located.
- Bent at Hip
- Typically a stick figure that show hips and shoulders as a small horizontal line.
- The legs form a circle as if joined together at the feet.
- The entire leg is curved without a distinct knee.
- A straight leg in any direction.
- The direction of the lower leg, measured in relationship with the torso and head. Up is a very unusual position.
- The direction of the lower leg, measured in relationship with the torso and head.
- The legs appear as one wide leg, as if the legs are held tightly together.
- To Side
- The direction of the lower leg, measured in relationship with the torso and head.
- Toeless Feet
- Feet are depicted without any detail indicating toes.
- Five Toes
- The feet or ends of the leg are depicted with five toes.
- < Five Toes
- As above, but with fewer than five toes.
- > Five Toes
- As above, but with more than five toes.
- Big Toes
- The toes are abnormally long and may look like rays.
Single choice. Examples for Anthropomorphic.Gender
- A complete or nearly complete figure (head, torso, arms, legs) that appears to be a male.
- A complete or nearly complete figure (head, torso, arms, legs)that appears to be a female.
- There are multiple individuals and both sexes are represented or a single element has both male and female characteristics.
- Male body part depicted without head, arms, legs, or torso.
- Female body part depicted without head, arms, legs, or torso.
Single choice. Describes the direction the element is facing. Examples for Anthropomorphic.Facing
- The figure is facing toward the viewer and is depicted as an upright figure. This should be chosen if the figure is an silhouette and there is no indication of whether the figure is facing toward the front or back.
- The figure's back is toward the viewer. This should be chosen only if there is a clue that the back of the figure is shown.
- The figure is facing to the viewers left.
- The figure is facing to the viewers right.
- The figure is facing upward (may be laying down).
- The figure is facing downward or is upside down (may be falling).
Single choice. Describes an activity depicted by the element. If the element has no apparent activity, then no selection should be made. Examples for Anthropomorphic.Activity
- A birthing scene.
- The figure appears to be climbing.
- The figure appears to be dancing or engaged in a ceremony.
- The figure appears to be falling.
- The figure appears to be hunting.
- Laying Down
- The figure appears to be laying down.
- The figure is playing a game or musical instrument.
- The figure appears to be running.
- The figure appears to be engaged in a sexual act.
- The figure is sitting.
- The figure is walking.
- The figure is engaged in an activity not defined above.
Multiple choice. These choices may be dictated by the position of the object. For example, baskets, pots, and shields are round objects held to the side or back, on the top of the head, and in front of the body respectively. Examples for Anthropomorphic.Holding
- Throwing stick.
- Usually carried on back.
- With or without an arrow.
- Child may be at side holding hands.
- The figure appears to be holding feathers.
- Stick like device from mouth, possibly bent.
- As in a line of dancers holding hands or a parent holding a child's hand.
- Medicine Bag
- May be attached to sash on side of body.
- Round object usually held on head with one or both arms held upward for balance.
- Round object held in from of body.
- Snakes may be held in the hand or mouth.
- Usually held horizontal in a throwing position.
- Usually held vertical and may have an ornamental decoration on top.
- Anything not described above.
Multiple choice. The element has one or more appendages. These boxes should not be checked if the feature could be better described as wearing a head ornament, holding a snake, etc.
- An appendage is attached to the head.
- An appendage is attached to the shoulder.
- An appendage is attached to the arm.
- An appendage is attached to the hand.
- An appendage is attached to the torso.
- An appendage is attached to the leg.
- An appendage is attached to the foot.
Single choice. Multiple figures are grouped into a single element when they are depicted holding hands or a rope, etc. Examples for Anthropomorphic.Group Size
- Two figures.
- Three figures.
- Four figures.
- Five figures.
- Six to ten figures.
- More than ten figures.
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