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Ask MOA: What Is It?

MOA is offering its popular object identification clinics online!

Do you have an artwork or other mystery object at home that you’ve always wondered about? Let our curators and collections staff offer their expertise. We’ll do our best to identify the object’s cultural origin, history and materials, as well as offer advice on care and preservation.

Please note, we will not offer monetary appraisals. We also do not have the facilities to test the age of objects.

We will answer all queries to the best of our abilities and, with your permission, may select your object to be featured online. Your name will remain confidential.

Use the form below to send us some clear photos of your treasure along with information on what you already may know about the piece. If you have multiple (unrelated) objects that you would like to have identified, please submit a form separately for each object.

Please note: if you would like information about an archaeological item, such as an arrowhead or a stone tool, please email your query directly to our colleagues at UBC’s Laboratory of Archaeology:

So, what is it? Let’s find out.

Click here to read different featured Ask MOA cases!

Ask MOA: What Is It?

  • Please provide as much information possible that you already know about the object. For example, how did you acquire it? How long have you had it? Do you know where it comes from?
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    Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, pdf, Max. file size: 64 MB, Max. files: 4.
      Please upload a maximum four photos of your object. Please ensure that the photos are clear and well lit.